Begall, Sabine, Burda, Hynek, Schleich, Cristian Eric (Eds.)
2007, XVIII, 398 p.
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Presents a comprehensive treatment of the biology, ecology and evolution of subterranean mammals
Contributors include forty authors, authorities in their field, from 12 different countries have contributed to the book
Provides short introductions into each key field
Across the globe, some 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 recent years of research on these rodents, divided into five sections: ecophysiology; sensory ecology; life histories, behavioural 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.