ectotherm


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ectotherm

 [ek´to-therm″]
1. an animal that exhibits ectothermy.

ectotherm

(ĕk′tə-thûrm′)
n.
An organism that depends on external sources for its body heat.

ectotherm

(ek'to-therm?) [ ecto- + therm-] Cold-blooded animal.ectothermic (ek?to-ther'mik), adjective

ectotherm

a cold-blooded animal. see POIKILOTHERM.
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But Chinsamy also found evidence that this small predatory dinosaur stopped growing when it reached adulthood - a pattern typical of endotherms and not of ectotherms.
Interfaces between biophysical and physiological ecology and the population ecology of terrestrial vertebrate ectotherms.
2009) concur that since wood turtles are ectotherms they require habitats with available basking areas.
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Because butterflies are ectotherms, the length of their life stages can be slowed or sped up somewhat by controlling the temperature of their environment.
After ~11 days of incubation (some by the male), four or five hatchlings emerge that will develop from tiny (1-2 g) naked ectotherms into fully feathered, warm-blooded, adult-sized (20-25 g) flying machines within just 2 weeks.
These animals are ectotherms and sunbathe to regulate their body temperature.
Though limited by the small number of individuals included, our study highlights these important aspects of thermal biology and draws attention to the need for future studies of over-wintering thermoregulation in ectotherms.
Just as in the case of whether some dinosaurs were ectotherms or endotherms, the indeterminacy of the conflicting assessments in time and place does not invalidate the commonality of the world in which the judgments are made.
Clemmys individuals and other ectotherms utilize hibernacula during cold temperatures induced by winter (Lewis and Ritzenthaler 1997).
To better understand the thermodynamics of ectotherms we must first be able to accurately measure their body temperature.
Previous research has shown that the thermal and hydric environment surrounding the developing embryos of ectotherms may have a profound influence on various phenotypic traits later in life (May 1985; Scheiner 1993).