Amphibian temperature regulation studies in the field and laboratory

TitleAmphibian temperature regulation studies in the field and laboratory
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1979
AuthorsBrattstrom BH
JournalAmerican Zoologist
Date Published1979
Keywordsthermoregulation, amphibians, reptiles, field studies, Lab studies, Thermal acclimation, Evaporative water loss, thermal and moisture gradient behavior, body temperatures of field animals, behavioral thermoregulation, physiological thermoregulation, the

Studies on thermoregulation in the laboratory and field have come a long way from the early work done between 1940 and 1960. While some physiological studies on amphibians have progressed at the same rate as those on reptiles, field studies have been far behind. Laboratory studies have largely delt with thermal acclimation, evaporative water loss, and thermal and moisture gradient behavior. Field studies, following early summaries of body temperatures of field animals, have stressed behavioral thermoregulation; yet, detailed studies on behavioral thermoregulation in amphibians have been completed for only a handful of species. A few studies have placed behavioral and physiological thermoregulation into an ecological or energetic framework; these studies are reviewed, and suggestions are made for future work.