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Variations in the Foraging Behaviour and Burrow Structures of the Damara Molerat Cryptomys damarensis in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park

B.G. Lovegrove, Suzanne Painting

Koedoe; Vol 30, No 1 (1987), 149-163. doi: 10.4102/koedoe.v30i1.508

Submitted: 21 October 1987
Published:  21 October 1987


Aspects of two habitat-specific foraging behaviours of the social subterranean rodent Cryptomys damarensis, are discussed in terms of burrow structure, resource dispersion patterns, sand moisture content, burrow temperature regimes, and predatory pressures, in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa.

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B.G. Lovegrove, University, South Africa
Suzanne Painting, University, South Africa


Molerats, subterranean rodents, burrow structure, foraging behaviour, Kalahari, geophytes, energetics.


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