Whiskers, more generally called vibrissae (/vəˈbrɪsi/; singular: vibrissa; /vəˈbrɪsə/), are a type of stiff, functional hair used by animals to sense their environment. These hairs are finely specialised for this purpose, whereas other types of hair are coarser as tactile sensors. Although whiskers are specifically those found around the face, vibrissae are known to grow in various groups around the body. Most mammals have them, including all non-human primates and especially nocturnal mammals, but some birds and fish are known to have them too.
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