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2011-12-06 12:34:47

Alpine marmots (Marmota marmota) live in extended family groups of up to 20 individuals. The groups consist of a dominant territorial pair and a number of subordinate individuals, typically descendants of the dominant pair. Over a 14-year period, Klaus Hackländer of the Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and Walter Arnold of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI), University of Veterinary...

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2010-12-07 13:27:15

Written By Stuart Wolpert, UCLA | Image Credit: Ben Hulse The ability to tolerate aggression is partly genetic, UCLA life scientists report in the first study to demonstrate a genetic component to a social network trait in a non-human population. "The ability to tolerate aggression is passed on across generations; there is genetic variation in the ability to tolerate aggression," said the study co-author Daniel T. Blumstein, professor and chair of ecology and evolutionary biology at...

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2010-07-22 06:25:00

Longer summers have improved the growth and survival of Colorado's marmots, according to a decades-long study published today in the journal Nature. The extended summers have meant the large mountain rodents spend less time burning up stored fat during hibernation, giving the yellow-bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris) an evolutionary advantage by making them heavier and healthier, the study found. The groundbreaking investigation is the first to reveal that changes in seasonal timing can...

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2010-06-03 08:21:30

A nutrient that's common to all living things can make hibernating marmots hungry - a breakthrough that could help scientists understand human obesity and eating disorders, according to a new study by a Colorado State University biologist. The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology. Professor Greg Florant discovered he could slowly release a molecule called AICAR into yellow-bellied marmots that activates a neurological pathway driving food intake and...

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2010-03-09 10:32:05

Researchers from the Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) have demonstrated, using a map of the potential distribution, the alpine marmot's capacity for adaptation in the fields of the Pyrenees. Its quick proliferation makes it a successful example of species introduction. At the end of the Pleistocene (10,000 years ago), the increase in temperatures brought an end to the alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) in the...

2009-06-25 15:02:59

Officials in Prosser, Wash., said the city's marmot problem has become so severe that one of the cat-sized animals invaded a restaurant. City Administrator Charlie Bush said the marmot incident Monday involved one of the burrowing creatures bursting through the door of the restaurant and being chased until it was finally cornered by employees and patrons, the Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.) reported Thursday. Bush said several people used advertising signs to make a tunnel for the marmot...

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2009-04-06 16:10:00

A Nebraska woman said a woodchuck that found its way under the hood of her car caused $1,800 in damage to the vehicle. Merrilee Faubel said the woodchuck was discovered after her car would not start Monday and tow truck driver Rosie Grabow raised the hood of the Honda, the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald reported. You see pretty much everything in this business, Grabow said. But I've never seen a woodchuck in an engine -- I didn't think it would fit. Wayne Rapp, service manager at O'Daniel Honda,...


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2006-12-13 15:07:24

The Olympic Marmot, Marmota olympus, is a marmot (a rodent in the squirrel family Sciuridae). They are found in alpine and sub alpine meadows and talus slopes of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. They are close relatives of the Hoary Marmot. Like most marmots, they are sociable burrowing animals. A typical family consists of a male, two to three females and their young. Newborn marmots stay with their family for at least two years. The burrow will usually be home to a newly born litter...

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2006-12-13 14:48:55

The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as the woodchuck, land beaver, or the whistle pig, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae. It belongs to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Most marmots live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the woodchuck is a lowland creature. It is widely distributed in North America. It is found in Alaska, Alabama, and Georgia. In the west it is found only in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia and northern Washington. Anatomy and Behavior...

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2006-12-13 14:46:51

The alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) is a species of marmot found in mountainous areas of central and southern Europe. Alpine Marmots live at heights between 2,625 and 10,500 feet (800 and 3200 m), in the Alps, Tatra and Pyrenees. An adult Alpine Marmot may weigh between 6.61 and 13.22 pounds (3 and 6 kg) and reach more than 19.69 inches (50 cm) long. It makes the Alpine Marmot the largest squirrel species. Alpine Marmots eat plants and sometimes insects. Alpine marmots are social...

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2006-12-13 14:44:49

The yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris), also known as the "Rock Chuck", is a ground squirrel in the marmot genus. It lives in the mountains of the western United States and Canada, including the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada. It inhabits sub alpine and alpine regions. They typically live above 6,561 feet (2000 m) of elevation. Yellow-bellied Marmots usually weigh between 5 and 11 pounds (2 and 5 kg) when fully grown. They get fatter in the fall just before hibernating. A...

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2006-12-13 14:41:51

The hoary marmot (Marmota caligata) is a species of marmot that inhabits the mountains of northwest North America. The largest populations are in Alaska. In the northern part of that state, they may live near sea level. Hoary marmots live near the tree line on slopes. This gives them grasses and forbs to eat and rocky areas for cover. It is the largest North American ground squirrel and is often nicknamed "the whistler" for its high-pitched warning issued for danger. The animals are...

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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