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  • n. Plural form of vibrissa.


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  • Though other animals such as dogs have vibrissae, they don't have them in such large numbers and typically only on the face.

    Nikolas Kozloff: BP and the Perilous Voyage of Bama the Manatee

  • These bristly vibrissae serve to transmit information to the brain via nerve fibers.

    Nikolas Kozloff: BP and the Perilous Voyage of Bama the Manatee

  • In murky waters, the manatees 'acute sense of touch and vibrissae, located on the face but also all over the body, come in handy.

    Nikolas Kozloff: BP and the Perilous Voyage of Bama the Manatee

  • Here too are the whiskers vibrissae, which like all hairs have pressure-sensitive receptors at their ends.


  • It seems that rorquals possess batteries of sensory organs within and around the buccal pouch: there are laminated corpuscles closely associated with the ventral grooves that might serve a sensory function, and located around the edges of the jaws, and at their tips, are a number of short (12.5 mm) vibrissae.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • Also called vibrissae, the long hairs dot their cheeks in a square-grid pattern.

    Designing Robots With Whiskers | Impact Lab

  • An additional 3,000 vibrissae are spaced less densely over the rest of the body.


  • These clusters, the researchers suspect, are the manatee equivalents of the cell groupings called barrels found in other whiskered species like mice and rats, regions that process sensory information from the vibrissae.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • A! he needed were five or six delicate vibrissae on each side of the nose to make the illusion complete.

    The Martian Way

  • His grasping limbs were straight and strong, his prehensile, manipulative vibrissae were numerous and delicate and his optic patches were more beautifully opalescent than any she had ever seen.

    The Martian Way


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    May 21, 2008

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    May 21, 2008

  • or walrus whiskers:

    "...the stiff, sensitive whiskers that a walrus uses to search for bivalves through the seabed’s dark murk, and that feel like slender tubes of bamboo."

    --Natalie Angier, "Who is the Walrus?", NYTimes, 5/20/08

    May 21, 2008

  • cat's whiskers

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