Metabolism of the Gerbil, Meriones unguiculatus

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  28 Aug 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3374, pp. 502-503
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3374.502


The critical temperature for the Mongolian gerbil, Meriones unguiculatus, is determined to be 30°C. The zone of thermal neutrality extends to 400C. This species possesses a high degree of tolerance for heat and has a greater capacity for temperature regulation than is reported for many of the desert rodents.