fossorial


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fossorial

[fä′sȯr·ē·əl]
(vertebrate zoology)
Adapted for digging.
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Prevalence of anomalies in the appendicular skeleton of a fossorial rodent population.
Pangolins have specialized adaptation for fossorial life and usually live in burrows made by themselves [4].
The status of Crawfish Frogs is difficult to assess because of their fossorial nature and abbreviated calling season.
"Cuckoo wasps" (Chrysididae) are very common parasitoids or kleptoparasites of many fossorial Hymenoptera.
carolinensis are small, highly fossorial, and feed predominately on ants, termites, and beetles.
Vertebrae joints that resist twisting also suggest a digging, or fossorial, lifestyle.
Few elongate, fossorial vertebrates have been examined for their mechanics of burrowing.