oa African Zoology - Comparative thermoregulatory adaptations of southern African tree squirrels from four different habitats

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Energy metabolism was investigated for Funisciurus congicus from arid savanna in north-western Namibia, Paraxerus cepapi cepapi from woodland savanna in central southern Africa, P. palliatus tongensis from mesic eastern coastal orest and P. p_ ornatus from evergreen subtropical forest. They are all adapted to hot regions and oxygen consumption was lower than the expected Brody-Proctor prediction. F. congicus had the highest thermal conductance.

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