oa Madoqua - Biology of Xerus princeps (Rodentia, Sciuridae)
|Article Title||Biology of Xerus princeps (Rodentia, Sciuridae)|
|© Publisher:||Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism|
|Affiliations||1 Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 1989|
|Pages||41 - 46|
|Keyword(s)||Bioenergetics, Burrows, Daily activities, Deserts, Distribution, Feeding habits, Flight behaviour, Ground squirrels, Habitat description, Reproduction, Savannas, Social structure, Thermoregulation, Urine composition and Vegetation|
The range of X. princeps is confined to a narrow band along the whole inland escarpment of SWA/Namibia, extending northwards into southern Angola. X. princeps are diurnal and reduce their exposure to high ambient temperatures through special behaviour (e.g. using the tall as a parasol). They live singly or in family groups of up to three (four?) animals.
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