Damaraland mole rat

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Noun1.Damaraland mole rat - colonial mole rat of western Africa; similar to naked mole rat
fossorial mammal - a burrowing mammal having limbs adapted for digging
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"Mole rat" is applied to rodents in several families, but the article focused on the Bathyergidae, which includes the Damaraland mole rat (Cryptomys damarensis) and the naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber).
The Damaraland mole rat that woke Faulkes doesn't have a popular following, but it offers a valuable comparison with the naked mole rats' social behavior.
The Damaraland mole rat lineage sprouts higher in the tree, Faulkes says.
Edrey is the lead author of research that compared lifelong NRG-1 levels across seven species of rodents, from mice and guinea pigs to blind mole rats and Damaraland mole rats.
In a species called Damaraland mole rats, for instance, some individuals do a lot of work, while others laze around and do nothing.
"Lots of people don't think they're very pretty," says Bennett, who has been studying Damaraland mole rats for 22 years.