Body temperature and body mass of hibernating little brown bats Myotis lucifugus in hibernacula affected by white-nose syndrome

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dc.contributor.author Storm, Jonathan J.
dc.contributor.author Boyles, Justin G.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-04T08:01:00Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-04T08:01:00Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04
dc.description.abstract Populations of hibernating bats in the northeastern USA are being decimated by white-nose syndrome (WNS). Although the ultimate cause of death is unknown, one possibility is the premature depletion of fat reserves. The immune system is suppressed during hibernation. Although an elevated body temperature (Tb) may facilitate an immune response, it also accelerates the depletion of fat stores. We sought to determine if little brown bats Myotis lucifugus Le Conte 1831 hibernating in WNS-affected hibernacula have an elevated Tb and reduced fat stores, relative to WNSunaffected Indiana bats Myotis sodalis Miller and Allen 1928 from Indiana. We found that WNS-affected M. lucifugus maintain a slightly, but significantly, higher skin temperature (Tskin), relative to surrounding rock temperature, than do M. sodalis from Indiana. We also report that WNS-affected M. lucifugus weigh significantly less than M. lucifugus from a hibernaculum outside of the WNS region. However, the difference in Tskin is minimal and we argue that the elevated Tb is unlikely to explain the emaciation documented in WNS-affected bats. en
dc.description.librarian ab2012 en
dc.description.sponsorship The Indiana State University Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation en
dc.description.uri http://acta.zbs.bialowieza.pl/ en
dc.identifier.citation Storm, JJ & Boyles JG 2011, 'Body temperature and body mass of hibernating little brown bats Myotis lucifugus in hibernacula affected by white-nose syndrome', Acta Theriologica, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 123-127, doi: 10.1007/s13364-010-0018-5. en
dc.identifier.issn 0001-7051 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2190-3743 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/s13364-010-0018-5
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/19984
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences en
dc.rights © Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Białowieża, Poland 2010 en
dc.subject Geomyces destructans en
dc.subject Immune response en
dc.subject Psychrophilic fungus en
dc.subject Thermal preference en
dc.subject.lcsh Bats -- Diseases en
dc.subject.lcsh Little brown bat en
dc.subject.lcsh White-nose syndrome en
dc.subject.lcsh Body temperature en
dc.subject.lcsh Hibernation en
dc.title Body temperature and body mass of hibernating little brown bats Myotis lucifugus in hibernacula affected by white-nose syndrome en
dc.type Postprint Article en


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