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African Mole-Rats
Ecology and Eusociality


  • Date Published: August 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521018654

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  • African mole-rats are a unique taxon of subterranean rodents that range in sociality from solitary-dwelling species through to two 'eusocial' species, the Damaraland Mole-Rat and the Naked Mole-Rat. The Naked Mole-Rat is arguably the closest that a mammal comes to behaving like social insects such as bees and termites, with large colonies and a behavioural and reproductive division of labour. As a family, the Bathyergidae represent a model system with which to study the evolution and maintenance of highly social cooperative breeding strategies. In this book, first published in 2000, Nigel Bennett and Chris Faulkes provide a synthesis of the knowledge of bathyergid systematics, ecology, reproductive biology, behaviour and genetics. With this, they explore the role of these factors in the evolution of sociality in the Bathyergidae in the context of both vertebrates and invertebrates. This will be an important new resource for anyone interested in the evolution of sociality, and in mole-rats in particular.

    • Only book covering both social and non-social species of Mole-Rats
    • Puts Mole-Rats into context of the evolution of social systems in both vertebrates and invertebrates
    • Takes over where 'Naked Mole-Rats' left off
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ' … deserves to be in any research library with an interest in mammals or evolutionary studies. It is right up-to-date, authoritative, and fully referenced.' D. W. Yalden, The Linnean

    'African Mole-Rats is a must for research libraries and individuals intrigued with the ecology, evolution, and elaboration of social life.' Paul W. Sherman, New Biological Books

    'This is an excellent and fascinating book.' Biologist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521018654
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.405kg
    • contains: 68 b/w illus. 28 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to the Bathyergidae
    2. The subterranean niche
    3. The food resource of African Mole-Rats
    4. Social organisation in African Mole-Rats
    5. Life history patterns and reproductive biology
    6. Social suppression of reproduction in African Mole-Rats
    7. The genetic structure of Mole-Rat populations
    8. The evolution of sociality on African Mole-Rats

  • Authors

    Nigel C. Bennett, University of Pretoria

    Chris G. Faulkes, University of London


    Jennifer Jarvis, University of Cape Town

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