Subterranean Rodents

News from Underground

Editors: Begall, Sabine, Burda, Hynek, Schleich, Cristian Eric (Eds.)

  • 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
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Across the globe, about 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 the last 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.

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“This book is the result of a symposium entitled ‘Light from the underground: Challenges and insights in the third decade of research on subterranean rodents,’ held during the International Mammalogical Congress IX in Sapporo … . provides a set of important tidbits, factoids, pieces of general information, and current hypotheses relevant to the topic at hand. … Given the broad nature of topics included, the book is a one-stop shopping place for a plethora of knowledge concerning the biology of subterranean rodents.”­­­ (Robert D. Bradley, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Vol. 17, March, 2010)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Subterranean Rodents: News from Underground

    Sabine Begall, Hynek Burda, Cristian E. Schleich

    Pages 3-9

  • The Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology of the African Mole-rats: with Special Reference to Southern African Mole-rat Species

    Nigel C. Bennett, Gundula H. Gutjahr, Chris G. Faulkes

    Pages 61-78

  • Visual Systems and the Role of Vision in Subterranean Rodents: Diversity of Retinal Properties and Visual System Designs

    Pavel Němec, Pavla Cveková, Hynek Burda, Oldřich Benada, Leo Peichl

    Pages 129-160

  • Magnetic Compass: A Useful Tool Underground

    Regina E. Moritz, Hynek Burda, Sabine Begall, Pavel Němec

    Pages 161-174

  • Biology of the Silvery Mole-rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus). Why Study a Neglected Subterranean Rodent Species?

    Radim Šumbera, Wilbert N. Chitaukali, Hynek Burda

    Pages 221-236

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Hardcover $289.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-08876-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Subterranean Rodents
Book Subtitle
News from Underground
Editors
  • Sabine Begall
  • Hynek Burda
  • Cristian Eric Schleich
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-69276-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-69276-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-69275-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-08876-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 398
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