The burrow system of the African ice rat Otomys sloggetti robertsi

@article{Hinze2006TheBS,
  title={The burrow system of the African ice rat Otomys sloggetti robertsi},
  author={A. Hinze and N. Pillay and S. Grab},
  journal={Mammalian Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={71},
  pages={356-365}
}
Abstract We studied the architecture of the burrow system of the African ice rat Otomys sloggetti robertsi , a non–hibernating, diurnal murid rodent endemic to the sub–alpine and alpine regions of the southern African Drakensberg and Maluti mountains. In our study site we found ice rat burrows in two substrates (organic and mineral soils). The structure of the burrow system was similar in both soil types, comprising several interlinking tunnels, numerous burrow entrances and 1–2 nest chambers… Expand
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