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 actual, specific, absolutely illustrated, descriptive, and functionally orientated textual content at the anatomy and morphology of dolphins. It specializes in a few delphinid species, with keynotes on vital dolphin-like genera, equivalent to the harbor porpoise. It additionally serves as an invaluable supplement for increasing developments and emphases in molecular biology and genetics.

The authors percentage their life-long services on marine mammals in quite a few disciplines. Written as a staff instead of being ready as a set of separate contributions, the result's a uniform and complete type, giving all of the diverse themes acceptable area. Many colour figures, which use the authors’ entry to broad collections of detailed dolphin and whale fabric, around out this unparalleled supplying to the field.

  • Includes top quality illustrations, drawings, halftone paintings, photographic documentations, microphotos, and tables detailing dolphin anatomy, functionality, and morphology
  • Facilitates schooling and coaching of scholars of all uncomplicated 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 imprecise earlier or non-English guides, or scattered in brief chapters in volumes
  • Covers a couple of delphinid species and serves as an invaluable supplement for increasing tendencies in molecular biology and genetics

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It constitutes the basis for the attachment of the musculature of the tongue and frames the large larynx. The skulls and mandibles of selected dolphin species are presented in the following: T. a a. For a very detailed description of the skull of the bottlenose dolphin and other cetacean species, see Mead and Fordyce (2009). A very clear, extensive description of the bottlenose dolphin skull is also that of Rommel (1990). In the present section of the book, we choose to limit the written description of the skull bones to the essentials, and let the reader get the details through the illustrations that accompany the text.

Truncatus. 38 Caudal view of the atlas and epistropheus of T. truncatus. 37). Fusion of the cervical vertebrae involves even more elements in larger species like O. orca and P. crassidens. 39). 41). Thoracic Vertebrae Thoracic (also called dorsal) vertebrae are the vertebrae connected to the ribs, and their respective numbers generally correspond (although missing fluctuating ribs may ingenerate some confusion in mounted skeletons). However, the number of thoracic vertebrae is subject to intraspecific variation.

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. q. For an alternate classification of the spine in marine mammals, see De Smet (1977). 45 Side view of the lumbar vertebrae of T. truncatus. 46 Rostral view of L2 of T.

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