The Natural History of Moles

The Natural History of Moles

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A detailed study of the natural history of moles and desmans which places them in a large ecological framework. Neither animal is easy to study, moles because of their underground life and desmans because they are aquatic. Only in the last three decades has substantial information on their biology been gathered from their habitats in Europe and North America and the mountain streams of the Pyrenees and areas of Russia. The authors give an overview of their biological family, the talpidae, and assess the evolutionary history and taxonomic relationships of the different members together with the geographical distribution of species. The different ways of life - aquatic and subterranean are compared and the work examines diet and feeding, and patterns of daily activity together with reproduction and population demography. The relationships with neighbours and habitat are investigated as well as man's attitudes towards the management and conservation of these species.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 436g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 20 colour pictures, b&w photographs, line drawings, bibliography, index
  • 0122917707
  • 9780122917707

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Part 1 The family talpidae (moles, desmans and mole-shrews) - overview of order insectivors; classification; way of life and morphology; evolutionary history and taxonomic relationships of members of the talpidae; geographical distribution of extant species. Part 2 Ways of life - a detailed account of niches filled by talpids; morphological, physiological and behavioural adaptions of the two different ways of life - living underground and in water. Part 3 Food and feeding behaviour - diet and methods of food capture and foraging behaviour. Part 4 Activity cycles - by radio-telemetry; daily and seasonal activity; relationship between activity and food available; neighbours; activity from sunrise to sunset. Part 5 Social organizations and communications - territory, range, scent marking. Part 6 Life histories - reproduction; breeding seasons; demography. Part 7 Relations with man - management of past species; conservation of rare species; management of fur-bearing populations.
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