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Variations in the Foraging Behaviour and Burrow Structures of the Damara Molerat Cryptomys damarensis in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park

B.G. Lovegrove, Suzanne Painting
Koedoe | Vol 30, No 1 | a508 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v30i1.508 | © 1987 B.G. Lovegrove, Suzanne Painting | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 October 1987 | Published: 21 October 1987

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B.G. Lovegrove, University, South Africa
Suzanne Painting, University, South Africa

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Abstract

Aspects of two habitat-specific foraging behaviours of the social subterranean rodent Cryptomys damarensis, are discussed in terms of burrow structure, resource dispersion patterns, sand moisture content, burrow temperature regimes, and predatory pressures, in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa.

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Molerats, subterranean rodents, burrow structure, foraging behaviour, Kalahari, geophytes, energetics.

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