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A herbivorous, short-legged, ratlike rodent that typically lives permanently underground, with long incisors that protrude from the mouth and are used in digging.
- ‘Where several species of mole rats occur in the same area, they appear to segregate by soil type.’
- ‘The blind mole rat, S. ehrenbergi, receives seismic vibrations by pressing its lower jaw against the ground to transmit vibrations to the inner ear by bone conduction.’
- ‘Cobras flourish as long as there are rice fields; there they feed mainly on the mole rat, live and lay their eggs in the rat burrow networks.’
- ‘As the mole rat's visual cortex has been reduced, some of its other brain structures, associated with touch and smell, have expanded.’
- ‘Unlike other wolves, the species hunts alone, with individuals leaving their groups in the late morning and early afternoon in search of giant mole rats and grass rats.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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