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Underground hibernation in a primate.

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Blanco, MB; Dausmann, KH; Ranaivoarisoa, JF; Yoder, AD
Published in: Scientific reports
January 2013

Hibernation in mammals is a remarkable state of heterothermy wherein metabolic rates are reduced, core body temperatures reach ambient levels, and key physiological functions are suspended. Typically, hibernation is observed in cold-adapted mammals, though it has also been documented in tropical species and even primates, such as the dwarf lemurs of Madagascar. Western fat-tailed dwarf lemurs are known to hibernate for seven months per year inside tree holes. Here, we report for the first time the observation that eastern dwarf lemurs also hibernate, though in self-made underground hibernacula. Hence, we show evidence that a clawless primate is able to bury itself below ground. Our findings that dwarf lemurs can hibernate underground in tropical forests draw unforeseen parallels to mammalian temperate hibernation. We expect that this work will illuminate fundamental information about the influence of temperature, resource limitation and use of insulated hibernacula on the evolution of hibernation.

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Scientific reports

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2045-2322

ISSN

2045-2322

Publication Date

January 2013

Volume

3

Start / End Page

1768

Related Subject Headings

  • Tropical Climate
  • Temperature
  • Skin Temperature
  • Hibernation
  • Environment
  • Cheirogaleidae
  • Body Temperature Regulation
  • Biological Evolution
  • Animals
 

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Blanco, M. B., Dausmann, K. H., Ranaivoarisoa, J. F., & Yoder, A. D. (2013). Underground hibernation in a primate. Scientific Reports, 3, 1768. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep01768
Blanco, Marina B., Kathrin H. Dausmann, Jean F. Ranaivoarisoa, and Anne D. Yoder. “Underground hibernation in a primate.Scientific Reports 3 (January 2013): 1768. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep01768.
Blanco MB, Dausmann KH, Ranaivoarisoa JF, Yoder AD. Underground hibernation in a primate. Scientific reports. 2013 Jan;3:1768.
Blanco, Marina B., et al. “Underground hibernation in a primate.Scientific Reports, vol. 3, Jan. 2013, p. 1768. Epmc, doi:10.1038/srep01768.
Blanco MB, Dausmann KH, Ranaivoarisoa JF, Yoder AD. Underground hibernation in a primate. Scientific reports. 2013 Jan;3:1768.

Published In

Scientific reports

DOI

EISSN

2045-2322

ISSN

2045-2322

Publication Date

January 2013

Volume

3

Start / End Page

1768

Related Subject Headings

  • Tropical Climate
  • Temperature
  • Skin Temperature
  • Hibernation
  • Environment
  • Cheirogaleidae
  • Body Temperature Regulation
  • Biological Evolution
  • Animals