Reduced retinal deficits in an albino mammal with a cone rich retina: A study of the ganglion cell layer at the area centralis of pigmented and albino grey squirrels

@article{Esteve1998ReducedRD,
  title={Reduced retinal deficits in an albino mammal with a cone rich retina: A study of the ganglion cell layer at the area centralis of pigmented and albino grey squirrels},
  author={Joan Esteve and Glen Jeffery},
  journal={Vision Research},
  year={1998},
  volume={38},
  pages={937-940}
}
In all albino mammals studied the central retina is underdeveloped and there is a rod deficit. Central ganglion cell density is approximately 25% below normal. This is not seen in birds, which have a come dominated retina. Here we examine the ganglion cell layer in a cone rich mammal, the squirrel Sciurus carolinensis leucotis. Central cell densities were only < 5% lower in the albinos than in pigmented squirrels. Squirrels are the only known albino mammal to survive successfully in the wild… 
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