fossorial mammal


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Noun1.fossorial mammal - a burrowing mammal having limbs adapted for digging
mammal, mammalian - any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk
naked mole rat - fetal-looking colonial rodent of East Africa; neither mole nor rat; they feed on tubers and have a social structure similar to that of honeybees and termites
Damaraland mole rat - colonial mole rat of western Africa; similar to naked mole rat
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One such species is the eastern mole, Scalopus aquaticus (Vaughan 1961), a fossorial mammal that can be found throughout the eastern and central United States and southeastern Canada (Hall 1981; Wilson & Reeder 2005).
Burrowing by fossorial mammals can have extensive effects on the physical, chemical, and vegetation properties of their environments, and several fossorial mammals, including pocket gophers (Reichman and Seabloom, 2002), have even been labeled as ecosystem engineers (Zhang et al, 2003; Hagenah et al.