Heat Production and Temperature Regulation in Eastern Skunk Cabbage

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Science  22 Nov 1974:
Vol. 186, Issue 4165, pp. 746-747
DOI: 10.1126/science.186.4165.746


The spadix of Symplocarpus foetidus L. maintains an internal temperature 15° to 35°C above ambient air temperatures of -15° to +15°C. For at least 14 days it consumes oxygen at a rate comparable to that of homeothermic animals of equivalent size. Temperature regulation is accomplished by variations in respiratory rate.

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