The pituitary gland of the mole in relation to that of other insectivores



A brief review of our knowledge of the structure of the pituitary gland of the mole indicates that in most features this corresponds to the general mammalian pattern. Ideas of the precise secretory function of cells of the pars distalis are so far based on correlations between cytology and states of activity of the animals, and experimental studies are lacking. There is no apparent indication that the pituitary shows any major adaptive changes in direct response to the mole's underground existence.