The Effects of Temperature on Resting Metabolic Rate of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Gromphadorhina Portentosa

Patricia Aitson, Parker Acree, Katlyn Arnold, Joel Anderson, Fikirte Erda


This experiment was designed to identify how the resting metabolic rate changes in varying temperatures in the ectothermic Gromphadorhina Portentosa. Changes in surrounding oxygen levels in a respiration chamber were used to determine the resting metabolic rate at 30 degrees Celsius, 24 degrees Celsius, and 18 degrees Celsius. The results showed that a bell curve in which metabolic rate decreased at high and low temperatures and was constant at room temperature.

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