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naked mole rat

n.
A mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) of the family Bathyergidae, having smooth pinkish skin with sparse sensory hairs, living in large underground colonies, and found in eastern Africa.

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n.
a nearly hairless rodent, Heterocephalus glaber, of E African dry steppes and savannas, living entirely underground in a colony of specialized workers and a single breeding female.
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Noun1.naked mole rat - fetal-looking colonial rodent of East Africanaked mole rat - fetal-looking colonial rodent of East Africa; neither mole nor rat; they feed on tubers and have a social structure similar to that of honeybees and termites
fossorial mammal - a burrowing mammal having limbs adapted for digging
order Rodentia, Rodentia - small gnawing animals: porcupines; rats; mice; squirrels; marmots; beavers; gophers; voles; hamsters; guinea pigs; agoutis
queen mole rat, queen - an especially large mole rat and the only member of a colony of naked mole rats to bear offspring which are sired by only a few males
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Calico researchers published a paper Thursday in the journal eLife where they said naked mole-rats don't face a higher risk of dying as they grow older.
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While the relationship - if any - between stress and getting pregnant appears uncertain, a 2007 study of African naked mole-rats found stress blocked ovulation in female rodents and lowered the sperm count of males.
Naked mole-rats are the latest model for studying exceptional longevity.
Affectionately dubbed "saber-toothed sausages" because they are hairless and have two outsize front teeth for digging, naked mole-rats are a particularly significant example of a division/combination of labor in mammals.
Last month on Earth Day, a permanent exhibit featuring 23 naked mole-rats was unveiled to the public.
There are many examples: for instance, the loss of eyesight in cave-dwellers; the stubby wings of flightless birds; the atrophied forelimbs of kangaroos; hair loss in the naked mole-rats (and humans); the loss in humans of the ability to synthesize ascorbic acid; the loss of mitochondria in some eukaryotic protists; or the surrender of some 254 genes by the chloroplasts of land plants which has resulted in a loss of the ability to synthesize some 46 proteins that can be produced by their free-living cousins (Margulis and Sagan, 1995).
The two rooms hold huge labyrinths of Plexiglas tubing measuring 2 inches in diameter through which 106 naked mole-rats scurry about.
1990) derived relatedness among Naked Mole-rats (Heterocephalus glaber) from DNA data rather than using known relatedness to examine DNA data.