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Rathbun, G.B. and Rathbun, C.D. 2006. Habitat use by radio-tagged Namib Desert golden moles (Eremitalpa granti namibensis). African Journal of Ecolology, 45: 196–201


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Habitat use by radio-tagged Namib Desert golden moles (Eremitalpa granti namibensis).

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The Namib Desert golden mole (Eremitalpa granti namibensis) is morphologically, physiologically and behaviourally specialized for living in the harsh loose-sand desert. Ecological studies have relied on visually tracking animalsrnon the surface of sand dunes. A radio tag would allowrnindividuals to be more reliably located, even while under the sand. We developed a radio attachment and gathered preliminary data on winter habitat use by six individuals during 21 days. We compare data from previous studies and suggest that the greater diurnal activity, smaller home ranges, and more restricted movement patterns that we found are related to the unusual thermal and metabolic biology of Eremitalpa. Keywords: activity budget, Eremitalpa, golden mole, home range, Namib Desert, Namibia, radio-tracking.

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