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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Attribution of Asterosoma ludwigae trace makers to crustaceans with the morphology and ecology of fossorial decapods (glypheoids and anomurans) was discussed using all possible criteria we found, though no direct evidence of the producers inside the burrows was found.
carolinensis, which is highly fossorial and feeds primarily on ants, termites, and beetles.
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.
(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.
Fossorial rodents actively burrow underground and tend to have a cylindrical body, very short limbs, and a tough skull with big crescent-shaped incisor teeth.
Many resident animal species--such as the armadillo, pocket gopher, hognose snake, and burrowing owl- -circumvent the hot, dry conditions by adopting a fossorial lifestyle.
Unfortunately, little is known about the frequency of long-distance dispersal in pocket gophers, but this behavior probably is less common in fossorial mammals than in more vagile organisms.
Pocket gophers are fossorial (burrowing) rodents--so named because they have fur-lined pouches outside the mouth, one on each side of the face.
This is a fossorial species which is mostly found in primary forests and is wide distributed in northern South America (Zweifel and Myers, 1989; La Marca et al., 2010).