Experientia

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 751–752 | Cite as

Desiccation in the black dragon,Hagenius brevistylus Selys

  • Barbara Jean Tracy
  • C. R. Tracy
  • D. S. Dobkin
Article

Summary

Hagenius brevistylus lost mass by evaporation in a moderately desiccating environment at the rate of 20.4 mg h−1, and died of desiccation in less than 1 day at a body mass of 79.8% of their normally hydrated mass. It was estimated thatHagenius minimally would have to consume the equivalent of 60% of its body mass each day to meet its daily water requirements. This amount of food is equivalent to that necessary to power flight of a dragonfly for 4.6h.

Keywords

Evaporation Hydrate Water Requirement Daily Water Power Flight 

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Copyright information

© Birkhäuser Verlag 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Jean Tracy
    • 1
  • C. R. Tracy
    • 1
  • D. S. Dobkin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoology and EntomologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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