Tertiary Level Biology

Animal Energetics

Authors: Brafield, Alan E., Llewellyn, Michael J.

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All animals, from protozoans to primates, utilize energy in every aspect of their lives. Metabolic processes transform energy within the living cells. Individual animals obtain energy with their food and use it in a variety of ways. Populations and communities pass energy through their ecosystem. The growing interest in animal energetics is therefore seen in three major areas of zoology-biochemistry, physiology and ecology. We have tried to describe the main features of almost all these aspects, with the aim of arousing or feeding an interest in energetics in general as well as supplying some information on particular parts of the subject. The substantial list of references is intended to guide the reader to larger or more specialized works. In covering such a wide field in so small a compass we will have been guilty of over-generalizations, but we find when teaching energetics, whether physiological or ecological, that students easily lose sight of the principles if all statements are hedged about with every relevant condition and exception. We have drawn examples from a wide range of animals, avoiding over-emphasis on mammals, but we have tended to favour those groups with which we are more familiar. We are grateful to many people for helpful discussions and in particular to Kenneth Denbigh, Derek Miller and John Stirling for valuable criticisms of parts of the manuscript. We are responsible for all remaining errors, of course, and will welcome having them drawn to our notice. A.E.B. M.J.L.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animal Energetics
Authors
Series Title
Tertiary Level Biology
Copyright
1982
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-0651-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 168
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
Topics