sand rat

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Synonyms for sand rat

small nearly naked African mole rat of desert areas

southern European gerbil

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According to the rodent identification key described by [15, 16, 17] and [18], the two species captured belong to the Muridae family which are Psammomys obesus and Meriones shawi (Tab 3).
Psammomys obesus (sand rat): Nutritionally induced NIDDM-like syndrome on a thrifty gene background.
The genotypes in group F were isolated from 6 animal species: large Egyptian gerbils, fat-tailed gerbils, fat sand rats (Psammomys obesus), lesser Egyptian jerboas, greater Egyptian jerboas, and bushy-tailed jirds; those in genogroup G were isolated from a bushy-tailed jird and a large Egyptian gerbil (Figure).
Other desert mammals may also obtain enough water from their food; among these mammals are the sand rat (Psammomys obesus), which feeds on succulent plants, the North American pack-rats (Neotoma), ground squirrels (Spermophilus [= Citellus]), which feed on the juicy fruits of the prickly pear (Opuntia), and the American grasshopper mice (Onchomys), whose insectivorous diet covers all their water requirements.
Kam and Degen (1988) estimated that adult fat sand rats (Psammomys obesus) required 242.3 mg [kg.sup.-0.75] [day.sup.-1] of nitrogen to maintain positive nitrogen balance.
A similar behavior was reported for the Old World desert rodent Psammomys obesus feeding on A.
Fine structure and behaviour of a pericentric inversion in the sand rat, Psammomys obesus. Journal of Cell Science 50:105-119.
Kaiser, "Hyperglycemia-induced [beta]-cell apoptosis in pancreatic islets of Psammomys obesus during development of diabetes," Diabetes, vol.
Quantitative histologic studies of the gonads of sand rats (Psammomys obesus) during the development of diabetes mellitus.
A high calorie diet induces type 2 diabetes in the desert sand rat (Psammomys obesus).
Nigella sativa seeds decrease total serum lipids and body weight in Psammomys obesus sand rats (Labhal et al.
Detection and genotypic differentiation of Bartonella species infecting a Tunisian Psammomys obesus population.