Deutsche Sommerschlaf {m}; Übersommerung {f} [zool.] Synonyme

Englische aestivation ; estivation Synonyme


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Aestivation or æstivation is a state of animal dormancy, similar to hibernation, although taking place in the summer rather than the winter. Aestivation is characterized by inactivity and a lowered metabolic rate, that is entered in response to high temperatures and arid conditions.[1] It takes place during times of heat and dryness, the hot dry season, which are often the summer months.

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