Mole forepaw

Mole forepaw

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Credit: TIM VERNON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Underside of a mole (family talpidae) forepaw. The mole uses its broad forepaws, which are permanently bent outwards for digging, to excavate the tunnels and burrows that it lives in. Talpid moles have a predigit (curved area at right) next to their thumb (bottom) called a prepollex that widens the surface area of the paw for digging and helps to brace the wrist.

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Keywords: adaptation, animal, biological, biology, black background, burrowing, claw, claws, close-up, detail, digging, falciform bone, fauna, forepaw, from below, hand, mammal, mole, nature, palm, paw, polydactyl, predigit, prepollex, sesamoid, subterranean, talpid, talpidae, underside, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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