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A comparison between metabolic rates and body composition in rodent populations from different latitudes

Majoor, B. (1991) A comparison between metabolic rates and body composition in rodent populations from different latitudes. Master's Thesis / Essay, Biology.

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Abstract

Nine species of voles (genus Microtus) and one species of mouse (genus Mus) from four different latitudes were used for respirometry to obtain resting metabolic rates (RMR) and average nocturnal metabolic rates (ANMR). After this animals were subjected to carcass analysis. No differences in RMR and ANMR between microtine populations from different latitudes were found, due to seasonal acclimatization in the field and acclimation during captivity. Northern populations have a lower water content than the southern populations. Metabolic rates and body composition are positively correlated with latitude, due to an increase in body mass and heart+kidney weight.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:47
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:47
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/9961

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