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I think the World of Darkness term should be removed from this page and put in the World of Darkness page. Any objections? Jim Abraham 03:32, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

I would agree. The term is only ever applied to vampires in WoD. -- 20:44, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
I would agree also.... (talk) 11:44, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

Facultative, Obligate[edit]

The phrase "Arousal from torpor in bats is facultative, not obligate" is not clear, and requires a much higher level of education than the rest of the page. Also, looking up both words, one does not find a concise and clear explanation applicable in this context. Gwrede (talk) 15:31, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

So highlight them (talk) 10:17, 4 February 2010 (UTC)

Torpor isn't Dormancy[edit]

This page suggests that torpor is the same as dormancy, and all of the types of dormancy (hibernation, estivation, etc.) are types of torpor. I don't think this is correct. For example, there is no physiological preparation for daily torpor (in birds and ground squirrels I've handled, when the temperature drops, they 'pass out' but when you warm them up (putting them in your pocket or by a heat source) they wake up. Not the same as the longer process of hibernation in bears or rodents. (see for new stuff on bears). If I get time, I'll perhaps look into the differences.--Paddling bear (talk) 17:49, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

While editing the hibernation page, I was more active and edited out the long-term hibernation sections of this page. As others commented, I think torpor is a specific, short term state, not an umbrella term for hibernation, aestivation, dormancy, etc.
The article still needs some work that I didn't have time to edit. The paragraph on bats has good stuff on their need for temporary torpor, but it's intertwined with bits that should be on the hibernation page. I hope to get back to it, but if not, someone else please take a crack at it.--Paddling bear (talk) 18:27, 11 December 2011 (UTC)

Sleep vs Torpor?[edit]

What is the physiological difference between Sleep and Torpor? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:32, 3 June 2011 (UTC)


What is the relationship between heterothermy and torpor? Is 'torpor' synonymous with 'temporal heterothermy', or is temporal heterothermy a part of torpor? Or,...? ~E (talk) 17:18, 4 October 2012 (UTC)