Daily activity patterns in the giant root rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus), a fossorial rodent from the Afro-alpine zone of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia

@article{Vlasat2017DailyAP,
  title={Daily activity patterns in the giant root rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus), a fossorial rodent from the Afro-alpine zone of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia},
  author={Tereza Vlasat{\'a} and J. {\vS}kl{\'i}ba and Matěj L{\"o}vy and Y. Meheretu and C. Sillero-Zubiri and R. {\vS}umbera},
  journal={Journal of Zoology},
  year={2017},
  volume={302},
  pages={157-163}
}
Rodents adjust their activity to environmental conditions. The adjustment can be especially pronounced in climatically challenging environments. We studied activity patterns in the free-living giant root rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus), a large fossorial rodent endemic to the Afro-alpine ecosystem of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia, by means of radio telemetry. We radio-tracked 17 adults during two periods of a dry season differing in temperature and food supply. In both periods, root rats spent… Expand
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