Paul A A G Van Daele

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Phenotypic variation is channeled by adaptation to local environments and phylogenetic constraints. The morphology of the obligatorily subterranean African mole-rats of the genus Fukomys has been shaped within the context of their underground habitat, posing particular limits on the animals' morphology. Especially the biting apparatus has likely evolved(More)
African mole-rats (Bathyergidae, Rodentia) of the (eu)social genus Fukomys are one of the most speciose mammal genera endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa. Fukomys distributed in the Zambezian phytochorion is characterized by extreme chromosomal variation (2n=40-78). We inferred a molecular phylogeny of Zambezian Fukomys to resolve the interrelationships and the(More)
A new species of bathyergid mole-rat, Fukomys vandewoestijneae, is described from an area on the Zaïre-Zambezi watershed, centred on the Ikelenge pedicle in the North-Western province of Zambia. It is diagnosed by a unique combination of morphological (size, lack of clear headmarks), chromosomal (2n= 44) and DNA sequence characteristics. This medium-sized(More)
Many animals are able to detect small temperature differences and show strong temperature preferences during periods of rest and activity. Mammals inhabiting the subterranean ecotope can adapt their digging and foraging activity in shallow tunnels temporarily to periods with favourable ambient air and soil temperatures. Moreover, subterranean mammals have(More)
Summary form only given. Microcavity LEDs were optimised for optical interconnect requirements. Overall quantum efficiency of up to 4.3% into a numerical aperture of 0.5 and a FWHM beam divergence angle of 105 degrees at a drive current of 1 mA was achieved. Microcavity LEDs with one gold and one GaAs-AlAs DBR-mirror have been optimized for efficiency into(More)
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