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Title Subterranean rodents : news from underground / edited by Sabine Begall, Hynek Burda, Christian Eric Schleich
Published Berlin ; London : Springer, 2007


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 398 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Adaptive physiological mechanisms in the underground dwellers / František Sedláček -- Microclimate in burrows of subterranean rodents -- revisited / Hynek Burda, Radim Šumbera, Sabine Begall -- New data on metabolic parameters in subterranean rodents / František Sedláček -- Skimping as an adaptive strategy in social fossorial rodents : the mole vole (Ellobius talpinus) as an example / Mikhail Moshkin, Eugene Novikov, Dmitri Petrovski -- The reproductive physiology and endocrinology of the African mole-rats : with special reference to southern African mole-rat species / Nigel C. Bennett, Gundula H. Gutjahr, Chris G. Faulkes -- Sensory ecology of subterranean rodents / Sabine Begall, Cristian E. Schleich -- Using odors underground / Giora Heth, Josephine Todrank -- Acoustics, audition and auditory system / Sabine Begall [and others] -- Acoustic communication in subterranean rodents / Cristian E. Schleich [and others] -- Visual systems and the role of vision in subterranean rodents : diversity of retinal properties and visual system designs / Pavel Němec [and others] -- Magnetic compass : a useful tool underground / Regina E. Moritz [and others] -- Adaptive neural organization of naked mole-rat somatosensation (and those similarly challenged) / Thomas J. Park [and others] -- From natural histories to life histories / Hynek Burda -- Giant mole-rats, Fukomys mechowii, 13 years on the stage / Mathias Kawalika, Hynek Burda -- Biology of the silvery mole-rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus). Why study a neglected subterranean rodent species? / Radim Šumbera, Wilbert N. Chitaukali, Hynek Burda -- The biology and ecology of plateau zokors (Eospalax fontanierii) / Yanming Zhang -- Senescence patterns in African mole-rats (Bathyergidae, Rodentia) / Philip Dammann, Hynek Burda -- The influence of subterranean rodents on the environment / O.J. Reichman -- The influence of pocket gophers on the biotic and abiotic environment / O.J. Reichman -- Subterranean rodents as pests : the case of the pocket gopher / Gary W. Witmer, Richard M. Engeman -- Influence of plateau zokors (Eospalax fontanierii) on alpine meadows / Yanming Zhang -- Mountain beaver : a primitive fossorial rodent / Wendy M. Arjo -- Molecular ecology and evolution / Eileen A. Lacey -- The multiple meanings of inbreeding : the key to understanding the social and genetic structure of subterranean rodent populations / Stanton Braude -- Behavior, demography, and immunogenetic variation : new insights from subterranean rodents / Eileen A. Lacey, Ana Paula Cutrera -- African mole-rats (Bathyergidae) : a complex radiation in tropical soils / Paul A.A.G. Van Daele [and others] -- Mosaic evolution of subterranean mammals : tinkering, regression, progression, and global convergence / Eviatar Nevo
Summary Across the globe, about 250 species of rodents spend most of their lives in safe and stable, but dark, oxygen-poor and carbon dioxide-rich burrows, deprived of most of the sensory cues available aboveground. They have become fully specialized for a unique way of life in which foraging and breeding take place underground. The systematic research into adaptations of subterranean dwellers is only about two decades old, but it has rapidly intensified within the last few years, bringing insight into many aspects of the biology and evolution at different organization levels. Subterranean Rodents presents achievements from the last years of research on these rodents, divided into five sections: ecophysiology, sensory ecology, life histories, behavioral ecology and demography, environmental and economical impact, molecular ecology and evolution. It is a must for all researchers working in this field and will be of interest to zoologists, physiologists, morphologists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists
Analysis dierecologie
animal ecology
animal physiology
gewervelde dieren
life sciences
Biology (General)
Biologie (algemeen)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
In Springer e-books
Subject Rodents.
Burrowing animals.
Rodents -- Adaptation
Rodentia (order)
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Zoology -- Mammals.
NATURE -- Animals -- Mammals.
Burrowing animals.
Rodents -- Adaptation.
Sciences de la vie.
Burrowing animals
Rodents -- Adaptation
Form Electronic book
Author Begall, Sabine.
Burda, Hynek, 1952-
Schleich, Cristian E.
ISBN 9783540692768