The digging behavior and skin differentiations in Heterocephalus glaber.

@article{Tucker1981TheDB,
  title={The digging behavior and skin differentiations in Heterocephalus glaber.},
  author={Robert M. Tucker},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  year={1981},
  volume={168 1},
  pages={51-71}
}
The topography and histology of the skin of the naked mole (Heterocephalus glaber) have been correlated with its behavior. The integument is exceptionally loose, thereby reducing integumentary stresses when the animal is digging and moving in narrow tunnels. It also allows the position of the nasolabial sensory patch to change. This patch is exposed to mechanical stimuli when Heterocephalus moves along the tunnel, but becomes partially shielded by a transient buccal evagination, the formation… CONTINUE READING