BeschreibungAcross 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.
InhaltsverzeichnisSubterranean Rodents: News from Underground.
Adaptive Physiological Mechanisms in the Underground Dwellers.
Microclimate in Burrows of Subterranean Rodents - Revisited.
New Data on Metabolic Parameters in Subterranean Rodents.
Skimping as an Adaptive Strategy in Social Fossorial Rodents: The Mole Vole (Ellobius talpinus) as an Example.
The Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology of the African Mole-rats: with Special Reference to Southern African Mole-rat Species.
Sensory Ecology of Subterranean Rodents.
Using Odors Underground.
Acoustics, Audition and Auditory System.
Acoustic Communication in Subterranean Rodents.
Visual Systems and the Role of Vision in Subterranean Rodents: Diversity of Retinal Properties and Visual System Designs.
Magnetic Compass: A Useful Tool Underground.
Adaptive Neural Organization of Naked Mole-Rat Somatosensation (and Those Similarly Challenged).
Life Histories, Behavioural Ecology, Demography.
From Natural Histories to Life Histories - A Homage to a Comparative Approach.
Giant Mole-rats, Fukomys mechowii, 13 Years on the Stage.
Biology of the Silvery Mole-rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus). Why Study a Neglected Subterranean Rodent Species?.
The Biology and Ecology of Plateau Zokors (Eospalax fontanierii).
Senescence Patterns in African Mole-rats (Bathyergidae, Rodentia).
Environmental and Economic Aspects.
The Influence of Subterranean Rodents on the Environment.
The Influence of Pocket Gophers on the Biotic and Abiotic Environment.
Subterranean Rodents as Pests: The Case of the Pocket Gopher.
Influence of Plateau Zokors (Eospalax fontanierii) on Alpine Meadows.
Mountain Beaver: A Primitive Fossorial Rodent.
Molecular Ecology and Evolution.
Molecular Ecology and Evolution.
The Multiple Meanings of Inbreeding: The Key to Understanding the Social and Genetic Structure of Subterranean Rodent Populations.
Behavior, Demography, and Immunogenetic Variation: New Insights from Subterranean Rodents.
African Mole-rats (Bathyergidae): A Complex Radiation in Tropical Soils.
Mosaic Evolution of Subterranean Mammals: Tinkering, Regression, Progression, and Global Convergence.
From the reviews:'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)
Untertitel: News from Underground. 2007. Auflage. Sprache: Englisch. Dateigröße in MByte: 8.
Verlag: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2007
Format: pdf eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM