A stereotaxic atlas of the brain of the naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber)

J. Xiao, J. B. Levitt, R. Buffenstein

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The naked mole-rat (Rodentia, Bathyergidae: Heterocephalus glaber) is a strictly subterranean eusocial mammal. These rodents show a suite of morphological and physiological adaptations, including brain specializations, to this underground milieu that they have inhabited since the early Miocene. Recently, naked mole-rats have received considerable attention as the longest living rodent known, and some of these brain specializations may be potentially important to their exceptional longevity. To serve as a basis for future brain studies, we have constructed a stereotaxic atlas of the brain of this species, labeling all major brain structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1415-1435
Number of pages21
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • hystricognath
  • neuroanatomy
  • rodent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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