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Physically modeling operative temperatures and evaporation rates in amphibians

Journal of Thermal Biology

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2004.07.007

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Abstract

 

(1) We designed a physical model that simulates the thermal and evaporative properties of live Western toads (Bufo boreas).

(2) In controlled tests, the model tracked the body temperature of live toads with an average error of 0.3±0.03 °C (test range=4–30 °C).

(3) It estimated the evaporative water loss of live toads with an average error of 0.35–0.65  g/h, or about 14% (test range=0.7–9 g/h).

(4) Data collected with this physical model should provide an effective way for biologists to better understand habitat selection in toads and other amphibians. 

 

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Physically modeling operative temperatures and evaporation rates in amphibians
Series title:
Journal of Thermal Biology
DOI:
10.1016/j.jtherbio.2004.07.007
Volume
30
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center (Geography)
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Thermal Biology
First page:
93
Last page:
102
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N