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Simone Lange and Hynek Burda (2005)

Comparative and functional morphology of the middle ear in Zambezian mole-rats (Coetomys Cryptomys, Bathyergidae)

BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 135(S1):5-10.

lWithin the family Bathyergidae, the genus Coetomys (Cryptomys) is the most speciose. However. an unambiguous morphological or morphometrical species diagnosis has not been feasible to date. The middle ear structures involved in Sound transmission were examined and measured in six species of Zambezian mole-rats of varying body sizes : Coetomys amatus, C. anselli, C. darlingi, C. kafuensis, C. mechowi and C. whytei. Comparisons revealed many differences in the shape of the middle car ossicles allowing species differentiation. Bullar volume, eardrum area and cross-sectional area of the bony meatus were positively correlated with body size (as represented by condylo-basal length) whereas the size of middle ear ossicles was rather independent of body size. Middle cars shared typical features with those found in low-frequency hearing mammals. Contrary to the findings in heteromyids and the Spalax ehrenbergi species complex, within the genus Coetomys, those species occupying more mesic habitats had more efficient tympano-ossicular systems (suggesting more sensitive hearing) than species From drier habitats.

middle ear; functional morphology; Coetomys; Cryptomys; species diagnosis
BJZ

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Editor-in-Chief:
Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium

 



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