Invertebrates in Hot and Cold Arid Environments

  • Lauritz Sømme

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  13. Back Matter
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About this book


Comparisons are made of the adaptations of invertebrates from polar deserts with those of temperate and subtropical deserts. These regions represent some of the most hostile environments on earth and an array of strategies for survival has been developed. Polar species are well adapted to cold and experience arid conditions due to low precipitation and lack of liquid water during the winter. Similarly, temperate desert invertebrates are adapted to dry conditions and are also exposed to low winter temperatures.
Terrestrial arthropods maintain their water balance through behavioural and physiological adaptations. Tardigrades and nematodes are remarkable in their ability to lose all their water, enter a state of anhydrobiosis and be revived when moisture becomes available again.


Adaptations Anpassung Polar Deserts Polarwüsten Wirbellose Tiere Wüsten adaptation arthropods desert ecophysiology environment invertebrates physiology temperature Ökophysiologie

Authors and affiliations

  • Lauritz Sømme
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-79585-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-79583-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9432
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