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Living in a Seasonal World
Although energy conservation by cold-climate adult endotherms in winter is often viewed as the main function of torpor, recent evidence suggests that this may not always be the case. We examined whether other functions of torpor may be equally or even more important in some instances. Torpor enhances fat storage during migration, apparently permits prolonged female sperm storage in bats, allows reproduction with limited or fluctuating food supply, and delays parturition until more favorabledoi:10.1007/978-3-642-28678-0_10 fatcat:s3fzbfi2yna63n3xkfjv75z7nm