Damara mole rat

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Original source: Cropped from: Seney ML, Kelly DA, Goldman BD, Šumbera R, Forger NG (2009) Social Structure Predicts Genital Morphology in African Mole-Rats. PLoS ONE 4(10): e7477. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007477.g001
Author: Sharry Goldman

Damara mole rat

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Hystricognathi
Family : Bathyergidae
Species : Cryptomys damarensis

 

The Damara mole rat is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the Damara mole rat
A young / baby of a Damara mole rat is called a 'kitten, nestling, pinkie or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A Damara mole rat group is called a 'colony, horde, pack, plague or swarm'.
Some facts about the
Damaraland mole-rat

Adult weight : 0.18 kg (0.396 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 16 years

Female maturity :511 days

Gestation : 93 days

Weaning : 83 days

Litter size : 3

Litters per year : 1

Weight at birth : 0.009 kg (0.0198 lbs)

Body mass : 0.131 kg (0.2882 lbs)

Temperature : 34.85 °C (94.73 °F)

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Facts about the Damara mole rat

Vitamin D metabolism in the Damara mole-rat is altered by exposure to sunlight yet mineral metabolism is unaffected -- Pitcher et al. (Full text)

The Damara mole-rat is a social creature and occurs in colonies of 16 to 41 members.

Vitamin D metabolism in the Damara mole-rat is altered by exposure to sunlight yet mineral metabolism is unaffected J Endocrinol 1994 143: 367-374. (Full text)

(1994) Vitamin D metabolism in the damara mole-rat is altered by exposure to sunlight yet mineral metabolism is unaffected.

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