Hairs and vibrissae in the Rhinocerotidae

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Abstract

Evidence is reviewed and observations are submitted concerning the occurrence and distribution of body hair in rhinoceroses. Absence of externally visible hair is shown to be not necessarily indicative of absence of hair follicles and to be part of a morphological cooling mechanism necessitated by the dynamics of the large body. Eyelashes are shown to be present on the lower eyelid of three species at least. The post-natal absence of all groups of facial vibrissae is confirmed for all rhinoceros forms, but a genal vibrissa is recorded for a Diceros foetus. Observations are submitted upon the hitherto undescribed histology of Diceros skin.

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