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It is usually agreed that animal existence originated within the sea and that adaptive radiation to that end resulted in the colonisaHon of alternative environments - shorelines and estuaries, streams and lakes, lavatory, mountain and barren region. of their invasion of those habitats animals left the equable, fairly stabl.e atmosphere of the open sea and subjected themselves to the rigours of temperature fluctuations and extremes, numerous ionic backgrounds, parts of depleted oxygen or the opportunity of aerial publicity and power desiccation. The spur for this radiation most likely lay within the prize of entry to unexploited habitats and assets of power. The survival of those extra adventurous species has depended upon them evolving mechanisms to guard the integrity in their mobile parts. Protoplasm can basically exist inside of physiochemical limits that are particularly slender for every species. Water job, salt and fuel concentrations and temperature all need to be acceptable for enzyme­ catalysed techniques to operate safely inside cells. other than within the open sea, environmental stipulations frequently fluctuate outdoors those limits. To take a well-known instance; people can simply stay awake (and consequently useful) if their center (Le. deep tissues - mind, middle, liver, etc.) physique temperature is maintained among approximately 30 and 43°C.

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0 0 Q) 0 ........ ' ... - *" ........ 0 ,... // ,... / .... 15: Model presented by Kluger et al. (1975) to explain function of behaviourally induced 'fever' in ectotherms (redrawn figurel. 'Defences' is a broad term intended to indicate the action of antibodies and other antibiotic or antiviral agents. Satinoff et al. (1976) found that young rabbits, 12-72 hours old, did not develop a physiological fever when injected with a dose of exogenous pyrogen. 4 vs. 4°C) than control animals. This heightened thermal preference causes a significant increase in rectal temperature.

However, these are mobile species and will be dealt with later in greater detail. E .. o j 150 IV II c. 5 >I:: as UJ;}. 4: Oxygen tension changes in the mantle cavity of a mussel exposed to abrupt and slow salinity changes (Davenport, 1979b). The other group of hard-shelled epifauna which have been dealt with in some detail are the barnacles. Like bivalves, these animals can isolate themselves from the environment by closing the opercular plates. In estuarine situations they can retain high salinity water (> 25 % 0) despite near fresh water external conditions (Cawthorne, 1979).

Clearings) are few and far between. To take extreme cases: (a) A thermal specialist living in a low-cost habitat. (b) A thermal generalist living in a high-cost habitat. The likely strategies employed in these situations are easy to predict. For a thermal specialist living in a low-cost habitat there are relatively great benefits to be gained from the maintenance of body temperatures close to the optimal x o' but the costs of behavioural thermoregulation remain relatively low until the environmental temperature is considerably suboptimal.

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