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Energy for Animal Life

Series: Oxford Animal Biology Series

By: R McNeill Alexander

165 pages, Illus, figs, tabs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Jan 1999 | #83534 | ISBN: 0198500521
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Hardback | Jan 1999 | #83530 | ISBN: 019850053X
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About this book

This book examines the food chain, from solar radiation and photosynthesis to food sources for herbiviores and for carnivores, and compares the merits of different designs of digestive system, and of different strategies for finding and choosing food. The energy costs of motion and the energetic demands of growth and reproduction are then discussed. A chapter on body temperature shows how the processes of life go faster at higher temperatures, and discusses how animals regulate their temperature. A final chapter draws all of these aspects of energy use together, and considers the energy budgets of several different animals, assessing the different energy gains and costs of their everyday activities in the wild. The book is truly comparative and contains much practical information from relevant research.


Preface; 1. Energy sources; 2. Basic requirements; 3. Feeding; 4. Movement; 5. Growth and reproduction; 6. Body temperature; 7. Energy budgets; Epilogue

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