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Field metabolic rate and body water turnover of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in Australia

Winstanley, Roy K, Buttemer, William A. and Saunders, Glen 2003, Field metabolic rate and body water turnover of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in Australia, Mammal review, vol. 33, no. 3-4, pp. 295-301, doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2907.2003.00015.x.

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Title Field metabolic rate and body water turnover of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in Australia
Formatted title Field metabolic rate and body water turnover of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in Australia
Author(s) Winstanley, Roy K
Buttemer, William A.
Saunders, Glen
Journal name Mammal review
Volume number 33
Issue number 3-4
Start page 295
End page 301
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0305-1838
1365-2907
Keyword(s) body condition
doubly labelled water
energetics
stable isotopes
water flux
Summary We measured the daily energy expenditure of free-living red foxes Vulpes vulpes occupying a temperate region of New South Wales, Australia. Field metabolic rate (FMR) and body water turnover were estimated using doubly labelled water. In autumn, male body mass ranged from 5 to 6.1 kg (mean 5.6 kg) and their FMRs averaged 2328 kJ/day. Female body mass in autumn ranged from 4.9 to 6.6 kg (mean 5.4 kg) and their FMRs averaged 1681 kJ/day. Body water influx for males and females was 314 and 251 mL/day, respectively. Body composition of each fox was analysed after the field measurements and revealed a significant correlation between body water content, as estimated from tritiated water space, and body lipids (r2 = 0.72). This supports the use of body water determination as a potentially non-destructive method to gauge body condition.
Language eng
DOI 10.1046/j.1365-2907.2003.00015.x
Field of Research 050199 - Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Mammal Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020921

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