Original Paper

Polar Biology

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 31-40

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Ecophysiology of Antarctic marine ectotherms: limits to life

  • Lloyd S. PeckAffiliated withBritish Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET, UK

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The ecophysiology of Antarctic marine ectotherms is an area of active research. This review of recent progress covers metabolism, mitochondrial function, aerobic scope, growth and development. Energetics is shown to be a central feature of adaptation to temperature, with mitochondrial function and tissue oxygen supply important in setting limits to organismal size and performance.