The visual system in subterranean African mole-rats (Rodentia, Bathyergidae): retina, subcortical visual nuclei and primary visual cortex.

@article{Nmec2008TheVS,
  title={The visual system in subterranean African mole-rats (Rodentia, Bathyergidae): retina, subcortical visual nuclei and primary visual cortex.},
  author={Pavel Němec and Pavla Cvekov{\'a} and Oldřich Benada and Ewa Wielkopolska and Seweryn Olkowicz and Kris Turlejski and Hynek Burda and Nigel C Bennett and Leo Peichl},
  journal={Brain research bulletin},
  year={2008},
  volume={75 2-4},
  pages={356-64}
}
We have studied the visual system of subterranean mole-rats of the rodent family Bathyergidae, for which light and vision seem of little importance. The eye diameter varies between 3.5mm in Bathyergus suillus and 1.3mm in Heterocephalus glaber. The small superficial eyes have features typical of sighted animals (clear optics, well-developed pupil and well-organized retina) and appear suited for proper image formation. The retinae are rod-dominated but possess rather high cone proportions of… CONTINUE READING
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