fossorial


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fossorial

adjective Referring to an animal that digs or burrows (e.g., naked mole rats, badgers).

fossorial

pertaining to an organism adapted for digging.
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Burrowing by fossorial mammals can have extensive effects on the physical, chemical, and vegetation properties of their environments, and several fossorial mammals, including pocket gophers (Reichman and Seabloom, 2002), have even been labeled as ecosystem engineers (Zhang et al, 2003; Hagenah et al.
The Amphisbaenia are a sub-order of Squamata, characterized by fossorial habits, absence of limbs (except for Bipes) elongated body, and a unique ring-like arrangement of body scale rows (Gans, 1978).
The families attributed to Gekkota are the like, ecologically versatile Gekkonidae, Diplodactylidae, Eublepharidae and the unusual snake-like fossorial Pygopodidae, reviewed by Kenge (1974) in a prolix fashion.
carolinensis are small, highly fossorial, and feed predominately on ants, termites, and beetles.
These salamanders utilize terrestrial, aquatic, and fossorial habitats.
Vertebrae joints that resist twisting also suggest a digging, or fossorial, lifestyle.
Few elongate, fossorial vertebrates have been examined for their mechanics of burrowing.
Its scarcity, combined with nocturnal and largely fossorial habits, have made it a difficult species to study in the field.
At about the same time (Oligocene), a group of North American beavers with short tails and flattened incisors (Palaeocastorinae) radiated into upland terrestrial fossorial niches.
Mole and sand skinks, scrub lizards, and many fossorial (digging) insects have adapted to life on the shifting sands.
Together, these methods were effective in detecting most nonvolant mammals with the exception of a few fossorial mammals such as large moles (Scapanus spp.
1997) gave maps showing the spread of an out break of fossorial water voles (Arvicola terrestris scherman), but there was no evidence that this fluctuation was cyclic.