Ecophysiology of Small Desert Mammals

  • A. Allan Degen

Part of the Adaptations of Desert Organisms book series (DESERT ORGAN.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. A. Allan Degen
    Pages 1-6
  3. A. Allan Degen
    Pages 7-14
  4. A. Allan Degen
    Pages 15-26
  5. A. Allan Degen
    Pages 27-60
  6. A. Allan Degen
    Pages 61-92
  7. A. Allan Degen
    Pages 93-162
  8. A. Allan Degen
    Pages 163-242
  9. A. Allan Degen
    Pages 243-262
  10. A. Allan Degen
    Pages 263-263
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 263-296

About this book


Since small mammals have a large surface to mass ratio, one would expect them to quickly dehydrate and perish at high environmental temperatures. Nonetheless, a large number of small mammal species inhabit deserts. This fascinating phenomenon is investigated by Prof. A. Allan Degen in his book.
The majority of small desert mammals are rodents, but shrews of several grams and small foxes of 1 kg are also present. Their survival is due mainly to behavioural adaptations and habitat selection, however, physiological adaptations also contribute to the success. Interestingly, many small mammals that live in different deserts of the world show similarities in their adaptive traits although they have different taxonomic affinities.


Anpassung, Wüste Säugetiere, kleine Wüste adaptation adaptation, desert desert ecophysiology environment mammals mammals, small physiology temperature Ökophysiologie

Authors and affiliations

  • A. Allan Degen
    • 1
  1. 1.Desert Animal Adaptations and Husbandry Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert ResearchBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64366-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60351-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9432
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