Close-up of star-nosed mole out of its burrow

Tactile sense

Tactile sense includes the obvious sense of contact with another object, but also incorporates a bird's ability to sense air flow over its wings and a fish's sensitivity to water movements. Some creatures, such as the yapok and the star-nosed mole, have a highly sensitive sense of touch through specialised organs that they use in situations where eyes are of no use.

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Cartilaginous fish

Ray-finned fishes

Lobe-finned fishes






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