Physiological adaptations of the arctic fox to high Arctic conditions

Updated 2003-01-27

To investigate arctic foxes physiological adaptations to life at high latitudes. Resting and running metabolic rates, body weight, food intake, body core temperature, heart rate, and blood parameters were examined during different seasons and during periods of food deprivation.

Time frame

Project time span
1990 - 1997
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Eva Fuglei
Norwegian Polar Institute, The Environmental Centre, 9296 Tromsø Norway
+47 77750528
+47 77750501

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Terrestrial mammals


Regions studied
Sverdrup Research Station, Ny-Ålesund

Data availability

References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Fuglei, E. and Øritsland, N. A. 1999. Seasonal trends in body mass, food intake and resting metabolic rate, and induction of metabolic depression in arctic foxes (Alopex lagopus) at Svalbard. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 169: 361-369. Pomponi, M, Bertonati, C, Fuglei, E, Wiig, Ø and Derocher, A. E. 2000. 2,3-DPG-Hb complex: a hypothesis for an asymmetric binding. Biophysical Chemistry 84: 253-260. Fuglei, E., Aanestad, M. and Berg, J. P. 2000. Hormones and metabolites of arctic foxes (Alopex lagopus) in response to seasonal variations, starvation and re-feeding. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 126: 287-294. Eva Fuglei. 2000. Physiological adaptations of the arctic fox to high Arctic conditions. Doctor Scient. Dissertation, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. Fuglei, E. & Øritsland, N. A. 2001. Energy cost of running in arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), on Svalbard, Norway. Presented at the first ever Canid Biology and Conversation Conference, Oxford, 17-21 September, 2001. Fuglei, E., Mercer, J. B. & Arnemo, J. M. 2002. Anesthesia and surgical implantation of radio transmitters in arctic foxes (Alopex lagopus) on Svalbard. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 33(4): 342-349. Ahlstrøm, Ø., Fuglei, E. and Mydland, L.T. 2003. Comparative nutrient digestibility of arctic foxes (Alopex lagopus) on Svalbard and farmed-raised blue foxes (Alopex lagopus). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 134(1): 63-68.
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

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