Repeatability of metabolic rate is lower for animals living under field versus laboratory conditions

Auer, S. K., Bassar, R. D., Salin, K. and Metcalfe, N. B. (2016) Repeatability of metabolic rate is lower for animals living under field versus laboratory conditions. Journal of Experimental Biology, 219(5), pp. 631-634. (doi: 10.1242/jeb.133678) (PMID:26747898))

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Metabolic rate has been linked to several components of fitness and is both heritable and repeatable to a certain extent. However, its repeatability can differ among studies, even after controlling for the time interval between measurements. Some of this variation in repeatability might be due to the relative stability of the environmental conditions in which the animals are living between measurements. We compared published repeatability estimates for basal, resting and maximum metabolic rate from studies of endotherms living in the laboratory with those living in the wild during the interval between measurements. We found that repeatability declines over time, as demonstrated previously, but show for the first time that estimates from free-living animals are also considerably lower than those from animals living under more stable laboratory conditions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Auer, Dr Sonya and Metcalfe, Professor Neil and Bassar, Dr Ronald and Salin, Dr Karine
Authors: Auer, S. K., Bassar, R. D., Salin, K., and Metcalfe, N. B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Experimental Biology
Publisher:Company of Biologists
ISSN (Online):1477-9145
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Company of Biologists
First Published:First published in Journal of Experimental Biology 219(5):631-634
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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