About the Authors

Michael Kam

mkam@bgu.ac.il

Affiliation Desert Animal Adaptations and Husbandry, Wyler Department of Dryland Agriculture, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel

A. Allan Degen

Affiliation Desert Animal Adaptations and Husbandry, Wyler Department of Dryland Agriculture, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel

Irina S. Khokhlova

Affiliation Desert Animal Adaptations and Husbandry, Wyler Department of Dryland Agriculture, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel

Boris R. Krasnov

Affiliation Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer Campus, Midreshet Ben Gurion, Israel

Eli Geffen

Affiliation Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MK AAD ISK BK EG. Performed the experiments: MK ISK EG. Analyzed the data: MK EG. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MK EG. Wrote the paper: MK AAD ISK BK EG.