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Getting to the core: internal body temperatures help reveal the ecological function and thermal implications of the lions’ mane

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It has been proposed that there is a thermal cost of the mane to male lions, potentially leading to increased body surface temperatures (Ts), increased sperm abnormalities, and to lower food intake during hot summer months. To test whether a mane imposes thermal costs on males, we measured core body temperature (Tb) continuously for approximately one year in 18 free-living lions. There was no difference in the 24 h maximum Tb of males (n = 12) and females (n = 6), and males had a 24 h mean Tb...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.1002/ece3.2556

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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Ecology and Evolution Journal website
Volume:
7
Issue:
1
Pages:
253-262
Publication date:
2017-12-20
Acceptance date:
2016-07-11
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EISSN:
2045-7758
Pubs id:
pubs:635514
URN:
uri:56c86675-1b51-4eb6-842b-4b4cb4d3a062
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56c86675-1b51-4eb6-842b-4b4cb4d3a062
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pubs:635514

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