Thermoregulation

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  1. msherwood19

    msherwood19 Larval Mass Registered

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    Are cephalopods exothermic or could they be endothermic?

    If they are exothermic, how does a deep ocean ceph regulate it's temperature without sources of heat such as the sun? :sun:

    Mel :roll:
     
  2. Fujisawas Sake

    Fujisawas Sake Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter Registered

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    Heya!

    As far as I know, molluscs are poikilothermic, that is, they tend to match the temperature of the surrounding water to some extent. I would imagine that they would regulate their body temperature both metabolically and behaviourally. Cold water molluscs here tend not to be any more "sluggish" (GROAN! :P ) than their warm-ish water counterparts. (From what I've seen in a lab).

    Them's my two cents... :twocents: Have a good night!

    Sushi and Sake,

    John
     

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