, Volume 39, Issue 10, pp 1092–1093 | Cite as

Temperature dependence of ventilation and O2-extraction in the Kittiwake,Rissa tridactyla

  • R. Brent
  • J. G. Rasmussen
  • C. Bech
  • S. Martini
Short Communications Physiology, Pathophysiology


At low ambient temperature the Kittiwake,Rissa tridactyla, increased its oxygen consumption, while lung ventilation remained unchanged. A changed breathing pattern (lower frequency and higher tidal volumes) and an increase in the lung O2-extraction was responsible for the observed decrease in the ventilatory requirement, which may be important because it reduces the respiratory heat loss during cold exposure.


Oxygen Ambient Temperature Oxygen Consumption Heat Loss Tidal Volume 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Brent
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. G. Rasmussen
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Bech
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Martini
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ZoophysiologyUniversity of AarhusAarhus C(Denmark)
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of TrondheimDragvoll(Norway)

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