Flight rapidly modulates body temperature in freely behaving bats

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Authors:

Jinhong Luo, Stefan Greif, Huan Ye, Sara Bumrungsri, Ofri Eitan & Yossi Yovel

Publish Date: 03 November 2021

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Bats are remarkable in their dynamic control over body temperature, showing both hypothermia with torpor and hyperthermia during flight. Despite considerable research in understanding bats’ thermoregulation mechanisms, knowledge on the relationship between flight and body temperature in bats remains limited, possibly due to technological restraints. We used onboard dataloggers including a temperature sensor and an inertial sensor (accelerometers) and continuously recorded the flight behavior and skin temperature (Tsk) subcutaneously of a perch-hunting bat, Hipposideros armiger, both in the laboratory and in the field……..

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Flight rapidly modulates body temperature in freely behaving bats

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