ectotherm

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ectotherm

[′ek·tə‚thərm]
(physiology)
An animal that obtains most of its heat from the environment and therefore has a body temperature very close to that of its environment.
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In Nova Scotia, moose did not always display ectothermy by moving to thermal cover at the same temperature threshold or at the metabolic heat stress temperature threshold identified by Renecker and Hudson (1986).
To be cautious, forest managers should be cognizant of, and explicitly address the need to maintain appropriate thermal cover on the landscape that allows moose to use ectothermy to ameliorate the effects of high temperatures at critical times of the year.
e] and thoracic temperatures of free-flying bees further supports the ectothermy of A.