Audiograms of three subterranean rodent species (genus Fukomys) determined by auditory brainstem responses reveal extremely poor high-frequency cut-offs

@article{Gerhardt2017AudiogramsOT,
  title={Audiograms of three subterranean rodent species (genus Fukomys) determined by auditory brainstem responses reveal extremely poor high-frequency cut-offs},
  author={Patricia Gerhardt and Y. Henning and S. Begall and E. P. Malkemper},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  year={2017},
  volume={220},
  pages={4377 - 4382}
}
ABSTRACT Life underground has shaped the auditory sense of subterranean mammals, shifting their hearing range to low frequencies. Mole-rats of the genus Fukomys have, however, been suggested to hear at frequencies up to 18.5 kHz, unusually high for a subterranean rodent. We present audiograms of three mole-rat species, Fukomys anselli, Fukomys micklemi and the giant mole-rat Fukomys mechowii, based on evoked auditory brainstem potentials. All species showed low sensitivity and restricted… Expand
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