ectothermic

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ec·to·ther·mic

 (ĕk′tə-thûr′mĭk) also ec·to·ther·mal (ĕk′tə-thûr′məl)
adj.
Of or relating to an organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings; cold-blooded.

ectothermic

(ˌɛktəʊˈθɜːmɪk)
adj
(of all animals except birds and mammals) having a body temperature that varies with the temperature of the surroundings
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Adj.1.ectothermic - of animals except birds and mammals; having body temperature that varies with the environment
cold-blooded - having cold blood (in animals whose body temperature is not internally regulated)
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The following food web parameters were set as constant for all model runs of the ensembles: connectance, functional response type, strength of predator interference, the metabolic types of the populations (invertebrates or ectothermal vertebrates), and the resources carrying capacity.
There are two reasons behind this fact: 1) scorpions are ectothermal animals; therefore, their activities increase with the increase of the environmental temperature.
Other species of ectothermal animals, such as Farfantepenaeus duorarum and Sparus aurata, have been shown to have seasonal differences in digestive enzyme activity (Aragon-Axomulco et al.