fossorial


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fossorial

[fä′sȯr·ē·əl]
(vertebrate zoology)
Adapted for digging.
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The southeastern pocket gopher has a low basal metabolism, a convergent trait shared among fossorial rodents allowing them to tolerate the hypoxic environments of their burrows and tunnels.
The giant armadillo may remain several days inside its burrow, where it can obtain subterranean foods (Carter and Encarnacao, 1983); thus, feeding is in part fossorial.
The habits of this species is relatively poorly-understood but has been consensually considered to be fossorial (Chanda 2002, Daniel 2002, Daniels 2005, Dutta and Manamendra-Arachchi 1996).
Classification of the fossorial, predaceous and parasitic wasps, or the superfamily Vespoidea.
Centrolenid tadpoles live in well-oxygenated rivers and streams, but they are described as lotic fossorial burrowers that live especially between the wet leaves and mud at the edges of streams (Villa & Valerio 1982, McDiarmid & Altig 1999, Savage 2002, Kubicki 2007).
The status of Crawfish Frogs is difficult to assess because of their fossorial nature and abbreviated calling season.
Banded mongooses are social, fossorial, viverids that feed on invertebrates and small mammals including subterranean species (1).
Acrocerid flies show a preference for wandering, fossorial, and web-building spiders that live close to the ground and wander in adjacent vegetation (Cady et al.
Cuckoo wasps" (Chrysididae) are very common parasitoids or kleptoparasites of many fossorial Hymenoptera.