Anatomy of Dolphins. Insights Into Body Structure and by Bruno Cozzi, Stefan Huggenberger, Helmut A Oelschläger

By Bruno Cozzi, Stefan Huggenberger, Helmut A Oelschläger

The Anatomy of Dolphins: Insights into physiology and Function is an exact, specific, absolutely illustrated, descriptive, and functionally orientated textual content at the anatomy and morphology of dolphins. It specializes in a couple of delphinid species, with keynotes on vital dolphin-like genera, similar to the harbor porpoise. It additionally serves as an invaluable supplement for increasing traits and emphases in molecular biology and genetics.

The authors percentage their life-long services on marine mammals in numerous disciplines. Written as a staff instead of being ready as a set of separate contributions, the result's a uniform and finished sort, giving all the assorted issues applicable area. Many colour figures, which use the authors’ entry to large collections of targeted dolphin and whale fabric, around out this unprecedented providing to the field.

  • Includes top of the range illustrations, drawings, halftone art, photographic documentations, microphotos, and tables detailing dolphin anatomy, functionality, and morphology
  • Facilitates schooling and coaching of scholars of all simple learn and technologies devoted to marine biology and the treatment of marine mammals
  • Brings jointly the present wisdom and data in this subject, together with these in vague previous or non-English courses, or scattered briefly chapters in volumes
  • Covers a few delphinid species and serves as an invaluable supplement for increasing tendencies in molecular biology and genetics

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However, dolphins have no fused sacral vertebrae, and all that is left of the coxal bone is the residue of the pelvis (or pelvic bones), that bears no direct relationship to the vertebral column. Therefore, the definition of the lumbar tract of the dolphin spine is from the first vertebra without a rib to the last vertebra that shows no relationship to a ventral hemal bone. q A further morphological distinction between the two adjacent tracts of the column is that the bodies of lumbar vertebrae are longer than those of the caudal ones.

Redrawn by Uko Gorter after Geraci, 1986) appear like a typical heat exchanger and thus it is thought that these plexus function in the body’s temperature regulation. Incidentally, these vessels in the tail and flippers serve as the most useful sites for venipuncture. The skin of dolphins is richly innervated. Numerous nerve endings resembling small, onionskin-like configurations are present in the superficial portion of the dermis, particularly in the jaw region, vulva, and perineum. In the skin of the bottlenose dolphin, potential mechanoreceptors were found in the interdigitations of the epidermis with the dermal ridges.

25) is partially covered by the nasal bones, the ethmoid, and the ascending processes of the maxillary bones. All together they form the vertex,k the most dorsal part of the skull, immediately followed by the nuchal crest of the occipital complex. k. In the subadult skull, the maxillary bones do not reach caudally to the nuchal crest so that a large part of the frontal bone is visible in dorsal view. 26 Lacrimal and zygomatic bones of a newborn G. melas. 27 Back view of the skull of T. truncatus.

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