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Gas composition and its daily changes within burrows and nests of an Afroalpine fossorial rodent, the giant root-rat Tachyoryctes macrocephalus

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Fossorial mammals are supposed to face hypoxic and hypercapnic conditions, but such conditions have been rarely encountered in their natural burrow systems. Gas composition in burrows after heavy rains, deeper burrows and especially nest chambers, where animals usually spend most of the day, could be even more challenging than in shallow burrows. Such situations, however, have been rarely surveyed in the wild. In our study, we determined concentrations of O2, CO2 and CH4 in active burrows and...

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10.1016/j.zool.2020.125819

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Zoology More from this journal
Volume:
142
Article number:
125819
Publication date:
2020-07-04
Acceptance date:
2020-07-02
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ISSN:
0944-2006
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English
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1118701
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pubs:1118701
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2020-07-15

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