Body size, insulation, and optimum body temperatures of homeotherms

TitleBody size, insulation, and optimum body temperatures of homeotherms
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1975
AuthorsSpotila JR, Gates DM
EditorGates DM, Schmerl RB
Book TitlePerspectives of Biophysical Ecology
Pagination291-301
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
CityNew York, NY
KeywordsTHERMAL
Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine quantitatively the role of physical and physiological properties of homeotherms in the adaptation of these animals to their physical environment. A theoretical model is developed to describe the interaction of an animal's body size and insulation with the physical characteristics of its environment and the role of all these factors in determining the metabolic rate, body temperature, and evaporative water-loss of the animal.