Food and Activity in the Mole Talpa europaea

  title={Food and Activity in the Mole Talpa europaea},
  author={Kenneth Mellanby},
  • K. Mellanby
  • Published 9 September 1967
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
Moles may be much less active and voracious than is commonly believed. This explains their ability to colonize infertile soils with little fauna. 

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