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15.03: Touch and Pressure

Within the dermis of the skin are numerous modified nerve endings that are sensitive to touch and pressure. The roots of hairs may also be well supplied with sensory receptors that inform the animal contact with an object (see diagram 15.1). Whiskers are specially modified hairs.

Contributors

  • Ruth Lawson (Otago Polytechnic; Dunedin, New Zealand)