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- Gross and microscopic observations on the lingual structure of the franciscana (Pontoporia blainvillei-gervais and d'orbigny, 1844)
- Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
- Fdn Aquat Mammals
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Project BioPesca
- Natl Inst Amazon Res
- Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
- In most anatomical studies developed with mammals, the tongue is described as highly differentiated among different species. However, studies on the tongue of aquatic mammals are still limited as compared to those on terrestrial mammals. The aim of this study was to describe the tongue morphology of the Franciscana dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei) using macroscopic observations, light, and scanning electron microscopy. Microscopically, the dorsal surface was covered by a keratinized stratified epithelium. Salivary gland acini were found on the middle and caudal third of the tongue. The dorsal surface was totally covered by filiform papillae with a connective tissue core and a connective tissue structure round in shape in the middle and caudal regions. Microsc. Res. Tech. 75:737742, 2012. (C) 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
- Microscopy Research and Technique. Hoboken: Wiley-blackwell, v. 75, n. 6, p. 737-742, 2012.
- Pontoporia blainvillei
- lingual papillae
- light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy
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