Tactile Foveation in the Star-Nosed Mole

  title={Tactile Foveation in the Star-Nosed Mole},
  author={Kenneth C Catania and Fiona E. Remple},
  journal={Brain, Behavior and Evolution},
  pages={1 - 12}
Star-nosed moles have a specialized somatosensory system with 22 mechanosensory appendages surrounding the nostrils. A pair of appendages (the 11th pair on the ventral midline) acts as the tactile fovea and is used for detailed investigations. Here we used a high speed video camera to document movements of the star while moles searched for small prey items. Mole foraging behavior was very fast; the star, which is just over a centimeter in diameter, was touched to different areas of the… 

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