Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Rodentia Sensory Systems

  • Kali BurkeEmail author
  • Anastasiya Kobrina
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_765-1



Sensory systems are the physiological modalities by which individuals engage with the world. The major systems include audition, vestibular, gustation, olfaction, touch, and vision.


Across the order Rodentia are a variety of different mammals which use their sensory systems to interact with the world. These sensory systems vary in complexity and importance depending on the evolution and lifestyle of the animal. Rodents are diverse in both physical size and the environment in which they live. They are dependent on highly specialized and adapted sensory systems to engage with their environments and to survive.

Rodents live in wet and dry, hot and cold, aboveground and subterranean, and light and dark environments. Across these environments, they live in either solitary conditions or large social groups (Feldhamer et al. 2015). In each of these contrasting environments and climates, different sensory systems assume...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity at BuffaloSUNY, BuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth Leising
    • 1
  1. 1.Texas Christian UniversityForth WorthUSA