Distribution and abundance of moles (Talpa europaea L.) in relation to physical habitat and food supply

  title={Distribution and abundance of moles (Talpa europaea L.) in relation to physical habitat and food supply},
  author={Oluwadare Funmilayo},
  • O. Funmilayo
  • Published 1 September 1977
  • Environmental Science
  • Oecologia
SummaryThe distribution and population density of the mole (Talpa europaea L.) and its main food item, earthworms (Lumbricidae) were determined in relation to physical habitat factors in an upland pasture in southeast Scotland. The results showed that the species distribution and the abundance of earthworms were related to the physical habitat. Moles lived in the areas where earthworms were more abundant, and fewer moles were found in the areas with few earthworms. The distribution of moles was… 
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Topo europeo – Talpa europaea Linnaeus, 1758
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