Scaling of metabolic rate in the lesser wax moth Achroia grisella does not fit the 3/4-power law and shows significant sex differences

Strauss K, Reinhold K (2010)
PHYSIOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY 35(1): 59-63.

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Allometric scaling of metabolic rates is commonly described as a power function and 0.75 is a widely accepted exponent. The universality of this exponent is in doubt and, particularly for insects, contradictory results have been obtained. Furthermore, sexual differences in scaling exponents are observed for several species that could lead to artefacts when they are not considered in intra- and interspecific scaling. Whether the metabolic scaling exponent in the lesser wax moth Achroia grisella differs significantly from 0.75 is tested, as well as whether it differs between the sexes. Adults of this moth neither feed nor drink, rendering them as suitable subjects for a study of metabolic rates. Neglecting sex differences, a metabolic scaling exponent of 0.8 is recorded. However, there are significant differences in metabolic scaling between the sexes. When considered separately, males scale with 0.96 and females with 0.67. Thus, in this species, a scaling exponent of 0.75 does not appear to exist either for males or females. The body size optimization model offers a potential explanation for the sex differences in metabolic scaling, although it remains to be tested in wax moths. With insects in particular, there is the need for more detailed studies on the scaling of metabolic rates that also take sexual differences into account.
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Strauss K, Reinhold K. Scaling of metabolic rate in the lesser wax moth Achroia grisella does not fit the 3/4-power law and shows significant sex differences. PHYSIOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY. 2010;35(1):59-63.
Strauss, K., & Reinhold, K. (2010). Scaling of metabolic rate in the lesser wax moth Achroia grisella does not fit the 3/4-power law and shows significant sex differences. PHYSIOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY, 35(1), 59-63.
Strauss, K., and Reinhold, K. (2010). Scaling of metabolic rate in the lesser wax moth Achroia grisella does not fit the 3/4-power law and shows significant sex differences. PHYSIOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY 35, 59-63.
Strauss, K., & Reinhold, K., 2010. Scaling of metabolic rate in the lesser wax moth Achroia grisella does not fit the 3/4-power law and shows significant sex differences. PHYSIOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY, 35(1), p 59-63.
K. Strauss and K. Reinhold, “Scaling of metabolic rate in the lesser wax moth Achroia grisella does not fit the 3/4-power law and shows significant sex differences”, PHYSIOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY, vol. 35, 2010, pp. 59-63.
Strauss, K., Reinhold, K.: Scaling of metabolic rate in the lesser wax moth Achroia grisella does not fit the 3/4-power law and shows significant sex differences. PHYSIOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY. 35, 59-63 (2010).
Strauss, Katharina, and Reinhold, Klaus. “Scaling of metabolic rate in the lesser wax moth Achroia grisella does not fit the 3/4-power law and shows significant sex differences”. PHYSIOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY 35.1 (2010): 59-63.
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