Energetics of Desert Invertebrates

  • Harold Heatwole

Part of the Adaptations of Desert Organisms book series (DESERT ORGAN.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 237-266

About this book


Desert invertebrates live in an environment where resources alternate unpredictably between brief periods of plenty and prolonged scarcity. This book describes the adaptive strategies of desert invertebrates in acquiring energy and sustaining life under such vicissitudes. Some cooperate in foraging; others compete for resources. Some are nomadic and migrate to more favorable sites as conditions change. Others conserve energy by going into a deep dormancy until better conditions return. Still others store food during plenty and retreat underground during less favorable times.
The adaptive modes of husbanding scarce energy resources are diverse and lead to an appreciation of the intricate interactions of animals living near their environmental limits.


Anpassung, Wüsten Deserts Energie, Wirbellose Stoffwechsel, Wirbellose Verhalten, Wirbellose Wüsten adaptation, deserts adaption, deserts behaviour, invertebrates ecology energetics, invertebrates invertebrates metabolism, invertebrates

Authors and affiliations

  • Harold Heatwole
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64606-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60923-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9432
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