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On the Mole-Rat (Cryptomys Hottentotus Damarensis) (Rodentia) in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park

G de Graaff
Koedoe | Vol 15, No 1 | a665 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v15i1.665 | © 1972 G de Graaff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 December 1972 | Published: 03 December 1972

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G de Graaff, National Parks Board, South Africa

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Aspects of the ecology and distribution of the Damara mole-rat (Cryptomys hottentotus damarensis) are discussed relative to its life in the arid Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. The value of coat colour as a taxonomic criterion for the subspecies is discussed. Notes are also presented on reproduction, aspects of behaviour such as: habitat, nests, orientation, activity, locomotion, voice, food, feeding and social life, symbiosis, commensalism, parasites and predators.


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