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Clarifying the relationship between torpor and anthropogenic extinction risk in mammals

Hanna, Emily; Cardillo, Marcel


The ability to undertake torpor has been linked with human-mediated extinction risk in mammals, but whether torpor serves to elevate or decrease extinction risk, and the mechanism by which it does so, remain controversial. We attempt to clarify the torpor - extinction risk association in a phylogenetic comparative analysis of 284 Australian mammal species. We show that the association is strongly mediated by body size. When body mass is included as a covariate, regression models show a negative...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12136


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