Microscopic research

The microscopic research is a much more valuable and high coverage research. In this research we collect hairs and quills from hedgehogs and tenrecs in different species in such a way it does not harm them. As hedgehogs and tenrecs shed their fur and quills throughout their life, all of our material has been collected by owners and breeders of these species at their home and donated to this research. This is also our first research not specifically aimed towards African Pygmy Hedgehogs but all kinds of hedgehog and tenrec species that are being kept as pets.

Microscopic research to the structure and pigmentation of hairs and quills of multiple hedgehog and tenrec species

What do we research

Through this research we research the differences in structure and pigmentation in quills and hairs between different species. This might help with determining color mutations as well as tell us which colors might be weaker as they might display divergent structure compared to the species average. It also learns us more about their ability to withstand high pressure, using their quills as their main defense system. In tenrecs, it might tell us more about the use of their quills as they lack the dorsal muscles that hedgehogs use for their defense. As both families of species are completely unrelated to each other yet so similar in multiple perspectives, it might tell us the exact differences and similarities.

What can you do

If you have quills or hairs from a hedgehog or tenrec that has naturally fallen out, please contact us to see if we can use it for our research. We will then instruct you with the necessities to be able to send the samples to us.

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