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Silvery mole-rats ( Heliophobius argenteocinereus, Bathyergidae) change their burrow architecture seasonally.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12955227     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Little is known about seasonal changes in burrowing activity and burrow architecture in subterranean African mole-rats (Bathyergidae, Rodentia). The solitary genus Heliophobius is the least known genus of this family. We examined burrow systems of the silvery mole-rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus) in Malawi in two periods of the dry season. 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. Overall digging activity did not cease during the dry season; yet burrowing strategy changed and the soil was deposited in tunnels rather than transported to mounds. The length of burrow systems was correlated with the body mass of the respective occupants. In spite of their solitary habits--and contrary to the prediction of the aridity food-distribution hypothesis--silvery mole-rats are able to occupy poor habitats with low food supply.
Radim Sumbera; Hynek Burda; Wilbert N Chitaukali; Jana Kubová
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2003-07-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Die Naturwissenschaften     Volume:  90     ISSN:  0028-1042     ISO Abbreviation:  Naturwissenschaften     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-04     Completed Date:  2003-10-27     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400767     Medline TA:  Naturwissenschaften     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  370-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, Branisovská 31, 370 05 Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Communication
Housing, Animal
Mole Rats / physiology*
Social Behavior*

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