Mammalian Biology

, Volume 77, Issue 1, pp 1–5 | Cite as

Reproductive state does not influence activity budgets of eusocial Ansell’s mole-rats, Fukomys anselli (Rodentia, Bathyergidae): A study of locomotor activity by means of RFID

  • Charlotte K. M. SchielkeEmail author
  • Sabine Begall
  • Hynek Burda
Original Investigation


Ansell’s mole-rats (Fukomys anselli) live in families of a breeding pair and several overlapping generations of their non-breeding offspring. Locomotor activity of 47 Ansell’s mole-rats from six laboratory families was recorded for a week using radio frequency identification (RFID). This technique allowed monitoring each animal’s activity without isolating them from other members of their family. Animals were active about 17% of the recording time, and older animals were significantly less active than younger ones. Females tended to be slightly more active than males. There was no significant difference in the amount of activity between breeding and non-breeding individuals. Consequently, the activity pattern does not seem to account for previously reported differences in longevity between breeding and non-breeding animals.


Ansell’s mole-rats Activity Longevity RFID 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charlotte K. M. Schielke
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sabine Begall
    • 1
  • Hynek Burda
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of General Zoology, Faculty of BiologyUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Forest Protection and Game Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood SciencesCzech University of Life SciencesPrague 6Czech Republic

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