Guard Hair


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Guard Hair

 

in mammals, the upper coat formed of long, relatively straight hairs that are slender at the base and thickened toward the tip. The guard hair is twice as long as the underfur. There are several different types of guard hair, which are distinguished according to the thickness and microscopic structure of the individual hairs.

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Degradation of this sample in the field was suspected as a suitable number of guard hairs (n = four) for extraction were collected.
Porcupine guard hair is a commodity, the price of which rises and falls on the fur market.
An alternative explanation is transfer of the larvae directly from the guard hairs of the caribou to the human eye or skin through close contact with animal pelts.
Grooming by hand to take away the long guard hairs on a short haired variety is essential and then they receive a final bath with baby shampoo.
They grew to about the size of present-day Asiatic elephants, boasted warm coats made of long, brown guard hairs and soft underwool and had large, curved ivory tusks.
The outermost three-quarters of the creature's tail, like that of today's beaver, was covered with leathery scales and some guard hairs.
The next column will examine copyright infringement, so when you hear the phrase 'waive your rights,' your guard hairs should rise since your copyright claim is voluntarily being given up.
Long, coarse hairs, called guard hairs, cover and protect the otter's short, thick underfur.
They have highly sensitive whiskers on the nose and longer guard hairs throughout the fur.
Winter guard hairs are elongated and slender when compared to the stouter summer hairs.