The naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber), also known as the sand puppy, is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa.It is closely related to the blesmols and is the only species in the genus Heterocephalus of the family Heterocephalidae. The naked mole-rat and the Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis) are the only known eusocial mammals, the highest classification of sociality.Family: Heterocephalidae, Landry, 1957; Patterson, 2014.
Mar 22, 2016 · African Mole Rats: So Much More Than Just the Naked Mole Rat. An intriguing tale of colonial life, surprising phylogenetic relationships and giant protruding incisors Author: Darren Naish.
The blesmols, also known as mole-rats, or African mole-rats, are burrowing rodents of the family Bathyergidae. Research has shown that at least two species of blesmol (Fukomys mechowii and Heliophobius argenteocinereus some species have much larger litters, averaging twelve young in the naked mole rat, and sometimes much larger. Class: Mammalia.
The naked mole rat—unsightly in appearance, unconventional in its habitat, and unusual in its physiology—has been a boon to pain researchers, who have spent the past decade investigating the animal’s insensitivity to certain forms of pain. Now, a new study extends these studies to other African rodent species related to the naked mole rat, and identifies four additional instances of pain.