Table 2.

Summary of statistically significant morphological changes observed in aestivating Cyclorana alboguttata

IliofibularisSartoriusGastrocnemiusCruralis
Muscle functions (from Duellman and Trueb, 1994)Most oxidativeModerately oxidativeModerately oxidativeLeast oxidative
Non-jumping muscleNon-jumping muscleJumping muscleJumping muscle
Flexes the knee; abducts the femurAbducts the femur; flexes the kneeStraightens the ankle jointExtends knee joint; flexes the hip joint
Dry muscle mass (g)DecreasedDecreasedn.s.n.s.
Water content (%)n.s.Increasedn.s.n.s.
Whole muscle CSA (mm)Decreased at six monthsDecreased at nine monthsDecreased at six monthsn.s.
Oxidative myofibre area (μm2)Decreased at six monthsn.s.n.s.Decreased at six months
Glycolytic myofibre area (μm2)Decreased at six monthsn.s.n.s.Decreased at six months
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  • n.s. refers to non-significant differences