Flood-induced multiday torpor in golden spiny mice (Acomys russatus)

Orly Barak, Fritz Geiser, Noga Kronfeld-Schor*

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Mammalian and avian torpor is widely viewed as an adaptation for survival of cold winters. However, in recent years it has been established that torpor can also be expressed in summer and that the functions of torpor are manyfold, including survival of adverse environmental events such as fires, storms, heat waves and droughts. Here we provide the first evidence on (1) torpor induction via an accidental flooding event in mammals (in captivity) and (2) expression of multiday torpor by spiny mice, lasting >7 times as long as usually observed for this desert rodent. Our data suggest yet another function of mammalian torpor, as a response to flood, in addition to many other adverse environmental events, and not just in response to cold.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-405
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Zoology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2019


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation934/ 12


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