Ecophysiological responses to a subterranean habitat; a Bathyergid perspective

R. Buffenstein

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Abstract

Mammals that lead a strictly subterranean existence encounter very different physiological problems to those living above the ground. While an underground habitat effectively shields the inhabitants from extreme climatic stresses and predation, it also provides a dark and poorly ventilated environment. Specialized physiological features in this milieu include altered sensory perception, vitamin D status and concomitant mineral metabolism, relaxed thermoregulation and specialised gut function. These are just some examples of the many ecophysiological mechanisms employed in adaptive evolution to life underground.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-605
Number of pages15
JournalMammalia
Volume60
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Ecophysiological responses to a subterranean habitat; a Bathyergid perspective. / Buffenstein, R.

In: Mammalia, Vol. 60, No. 4, 1996, p. 591-605.

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Buffenstein, R. / Ecophysiological responses to a subterranean habitat; a Bathyergid perspective. In: Mammalia. 1996 ; Vol. 60, No. 4. pp. 591-605.
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