Urine analysis of european moles Talpa europaea and white rats Rattus norvegicus kept on a carnivore's diet

A. Haim, E. van der Straeten, W. M. Cooreman

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Abstract

1. 1. The urine compositions of the European mole Talpa europaea and of the white rat Rattus norvegicus (albino) kept on a carnivore's diet were compared. 2. 2. The urine of moles contained bicarbonate while that of rats kept on a carnivore's diet did not. 3. 3. Urine volume per 100 g body mass over 24 hr was significantly higher in the mole than in the rat. 4. 4. The results of this study suggest that the mole, like other subterranean mammals on the one hand and caecal fermenters on the other, may use its kidneys as a pathway for releasing bicarbonate in its hypercapnic environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-181
Number of pages3
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part A: Physiology
Volume88
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgements-We gratefullya cknowledgeth e technical assistanceo f Mrs L. GhevssensW. e thank Dr N. Fairall and Mr P. Apps for commentingo n them anuscript. We thank Mrs B. Van Der Straetenf or her greath elp in obtainingt hem oles.T his researchw ass upportedb y a grant from the Ministry of Education of Belgium and in this respecwt e would like to add our thankst o Prof. Dr Walter Verheyen.

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