Subterranean Rodents

News from Underground

  • Sabine Begall
  • Hynek Burda
  • Cristian E. Schleich

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sabine Begall, Hynek Burda, Cristian E. Schleich
      Pages 3-9
  3. Ecophysiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Hynek Burda, Radim Šumbera, Sabine Begall
      Pages 21-33
  4. Sensory Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Sabine Begall, Cristian E. Schleich
      Pages 81-84
    3. Giora Heth, Josephine Todrank
      Pages 85-96
    4. Sabine Begall, Simone Lange, Cristian E. Schleich, Hynek Burda
      Pages 97-111
    5. Cristian E. Schleich, Silke Veitl, Ema Knotková, Sabine Begall
      Pages 113-127
    6. Pavel Němec, Pavla Cveková, Hynek Burda, Oldřich Benada, Leo Peichl
      Pages 129-160
    7. Regina E. Moritz, Hynek Burda, Sabine Begall, Pavel Němec
      Pages 161-174
    8. Thomas J. Park, Kenneth C. Catania, Dalia Samaan, Christopher M. Comer
      Pages 175-193
  5. Life Histories, Behavioural Ecology, Demography

  6. Environmental and Economic Aspects

  7. Molecular Ecology and Evolution

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 389-398

About this book


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.


Adaptation Evolution Mole rat Molecular ecology Sensory ecology behavior ecology environment physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabine Begall
    • 1
  • Hynek Burda
    • 1
  • Cristian E. Schleich
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. General Zoology Institute of Biology, Faculty of Bio- and GeosciencesUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  2. 2.Laboratorio de Ecofisiología Departamento de Biología Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y NaturalesUniversidad Nacional de Mar del PlataMar del PlataArgentina

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