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Extended Longevity of Reproductives Appears to be Common in Fukomys Mole-Rats (Rodentia, Bathyergidae)
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A 20-year breeding record of Giant mole-rats Fukomys mechowii, another social bathyergid species, found that breeders indeed lived significantly longer than helpers, irrespective of social rank or other potentially confounding factors. Expand
REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY OF A SOLITARY SUBTERRANEAN BATHYERGID RODENT, THE SILVERY MOLE-RAT (HELIOPHOBIUS ARGENTEOCINEREUS)
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Sexual dimorphism, reproduction, postnatal development, and seasonality of breeding in a solitary bathyergid rodent, the silvery mole-rat, based on a field study in Malawi and on a study of animals kept in a laboratory are reported here for the 1st time. Expand
Silvery mole-rats (Heliophobius argenteocinereus, Bathyergidae) change their burrow architecture seasonally
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Burrow pattern was influenced by the time of the year, becoming more reticulated at the peak of the dry season when soil was dry and hard and the soil was deposited in tunnels rather than transported to mounds. Expand
Life in Burrows Channelled the Morphological Evolution of the Skull in Rodents: the Case of African Mole-Rats (Bathyergidae, Rodentia)
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African mole-rats, notably chisel-tooth diggers, show important mechanical advantage for the temporalis muscles favoring higher forces at the bite point, while mechanical advantage of the superficial masseter muscles is lower compared to other Ctenohystrica. Expand
The phylogeography of the rodent genus Malacomys suggests multiple Afrotropical Pleistocene lowland forest refugia
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Climatic oscillations, which led to periodic fragmentation of the forest habitat, seem to be the major driver of diversification within this genus. Expand
Thermal biology of a strictly subterranean mammalian family, the African mole-rats (Bathyergidae, Rodentia) - a review.
  • R. Šumbera
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of thermal biology
  • 2019
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An ordination analysis was conducted using published data on mole-rat body temperature, thermoneutral zone, resting metabolic rate and thermal conductance, and shows that the naked mole-rats is comparable to the other mole- rat species in these physiological characteristics. Expand
Continuous dental replacement in a hyper-chisel tooth digging rodent
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Holiophobius represents a suitable model to investigate the molecular processes leading to the development of supernumerary teeth in mammals, and the accurate description of these processes could be a significant advance for further applications in humans, such as the regeneration of dental tissues. Expand
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
Vocalizations of the giant mole-rat (Fukomys mechowii), a subterranean rodent with the richest vocal repertoire
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This study describes the vocal repertoire of the social subterranean rodent, the giant mole-rat (Fukomys mechowii, Bathyergidae), from mesic Afrotropics and suggests that the rich vocal repertoire is connected with rich social interactions in giant Mole-rat families. Expand
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