Critical thermal maximum

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Critical thermal maximum, in zoology, is the temperature for a given species above which most individuals respond with unorganized locomotion, subjecting the animal to likely death.[1] This concept is particularly relevant in periods of aestivation or quiescence, in which circumstances an organism experiences limited mobility and lacks the ability to seek a microhabitat of reduced thermal stress.

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  1. ^ R.W. McDiarmid, 1999


  • Roy W. McDiarmid and Ronald Altig (1999) Tadpoles: The Biology of Anuran Larvae, p 202, University of Chicago Press ISBN 0-226-55762-6