Unusual cone and rod properties in subterranean African mole‐rats (Rodentia, Bathyergidae)

@article{Peichl2004UnusualCA,
  title={Unusual cone and rod properties in subterranean African mole‐rats (Rodentia, Bathyergidae)},
  author={L. Peichl and P. Němec and H. Burda},
  journal={European Journal of Neuroscience},
  year={2004},
  volume={19}
}
We have determined the presence of spectral cone types, and the population densities of cones and rods, in subterranean mole‐rats of the rodent family Bathyergidae, for which light and vision seems of little importance. Most mammals have two spectral cone types, a majority of middle‐ to long‐wave‐sensitive (L‐) cones, and a minority of short‐wave‐sensitive (S‐)cones. We were interested to see whether the subterranean bathyergids show the same pattern. In three species, Ansell's mole‐rat… Expand
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