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A maze-lover's dream: Burrow architecture, natural history and habitat characteristics of Ansell's mole-rat (Fukomys anselli)
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Mole-rat food density in the study area was relatively low but its biomass was large, which indicates moderate ecological conditions, which disagrees with the aridity food-distribution hypothesis (AFDH) considering small body size and sociality in bathyergids adaptations to harsh environments. Expand
Home-Range Dynamics in a Solitary Subterranean Rodent
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This work chose the silvery mole-rat from mesic Afrotropics as a representative of solitary subterranean rodents to investigate how, and how fast these rodents process their established burrow systems, and developed a new method for assessing the rate of burrowing. Expand
Male Corncrakes Crex crex extend their home ranges by visiting the territories of neighbouring males
Capsule Radiotracked male Corncrake often intruded on the territories of neighbouring males. Aims To test that intruders' visits are goal-directed, not just a by-product of extended spatial activityExpand
Natural history and burrow system architecture of the silvery mole-rat from Brachystegia woodland
The silvery mole-rat Heliophobius argenteocinereus (Bathyergidae) is a solitary subterranean rodent, widely distributed throughout eastern and south-eastern Africa in a variety of habitats. Here, weExpand
Determinants of Daily Activity Patterns in a Free-living Afrotropical Solitary Subterranean Rodent
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It is proposed that burrow temperature can work as zeitgeber of circadian activity in this species, because mole-rats in the field apparently respond to even slight temperature fluctuations and adjusted their activity accordingly. Expand
Burrow architecture, family composition and habitat characteristics of the largest social African mole-rat: the giant mole-rat constructs really giant burrow systems
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Both food supply and soil conditions were comparable with the conditions found in a miombo habitat of the solitary silvery mole-rat in Malawi, suggesting that there are no ecological constraints which would preclude the solitary life of a subterranean herbivore from the examined habitat. Expand
Ecological characteristics in habitats of two African mole‐rat species with different social systems in an area of sympatry: implications for the mole‐rat social evolution
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Analysis of available data on food supply and precipitation from different mole-rat localities revealed that there is no clear separation of the localities inhabited by solitary, social and so-called eusocial species. Expand
Parentage analysis of Ansell's mole‐rat family groups indicates a high reproductive skew despite relatively relaxed ecological constraints on dispersal
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It is proposed that the extent ecological conditions affect reproductive skew may be markedly affected by life history and natural history traits of the particular species and genera. Expand
Daily activity patterns in the giant root rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus), a fossorial rodent from the Afro-alpine zone of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia
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It is proposed that there are thermoregulation advantages of prolonged aboveground activity during warm hours in the colder early dry season of the Afro-alpine ecosystem of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Expand
Variability of space-use patterns in a free living eusocial rodent, Ansell’s mole-rat indicates age-based rather than caste polyethism
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An attempt to detect polyethism in the free-living Ansell’s mole-rat (Fukomys anselli) as differences in individuals’ space-use patterns was made. Expand
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