The Accessory (Vomeronasal) Chemoreceptor System in Some Prosimians

  • Charles Evans
  • Alain Schilling


The 35 plus extant species of prosimians have undergone extensive radiation over the estimated 50 million years of their evolutionary history. The range of selective pressures exerted on the group include geographical and climatic isolation; endemic speciation (in Madagascar); niche specialization through dietary and activity pattern changes, as well as social structure adaptations such as male dispersal/female dominance. This radiation has been accompanied by a wide range of anatomical and functional variations, including those of the visual, auditory, and chemical senses.


Mouse Lemur Scent Mark Lemur Catta Vomeronasal Organ Accessory Olfactory Bulb 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Evans
    • 1
  • Alain Schilling
    • 2
  1. 1.Glasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowScotland UK
  2. 2.Ecologie MNHNBrunoyFrance

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