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A fossorial (From Latin fossor, digger) organism is one that is adapted to digging and life underground such as the badger, the naked mole-rat, and the mole salamanders Ambystomatidae.

Most bees and many wasps are called "fossorial Hymenoptera", and a great many rodents are considered fossorial even though the physical adaptations to living underground are minimal.

Some organisms are fossorial to aid in temperature regulation, while others use the underground habitat for protection from predators or food storage.[1]

An animal is said to be subfossorial if it shows limited adaptations to a fossorial lifestyle.

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  1. ^ BBC-nature "Burrower videos, news and facts". BBC Nature. Retrieved September 2012.