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International Journal of Morphology

versión On-line ISSN 0717-9502

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CIUCCIO, M; ESTECONDO, S  y  CASANAVE, E. B. Scanning Electron Microscopy Study of the Dorsal Surface of the Tongue of Dasypus hybridus (Mammalia, Xenarthra,Dasypodidae). Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2010, vol.28, n.2, pp.379-384. ISSN 0717-9502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022010000200007.

The dorsum of the tongue of Dasypus hybridus (Desmarest, 1804) studied by scanning electron microscopy, shows conical and branched filiform, fungiform and vallate papillae. No foliate papillae were seen. Conical filiform papillae are placed in the apex of the tongue and posterior to the vallated ones. Branched papillae are compactly distributed over the entire dorsal surface of the tongue. Fungiform papillae are more abundant on the first third of the tongue and they are distributed between filiform papillae. Only two vallate papillae were observed placed in the posterior third of the tongue, surrounded by a deep grove. The presence of taste buds on fungiform and vallate papillae indicate that both are involved in the sense of taste, while the filiform ones have a mechanical and protective role. The morphological characteristics of the tongue of Dasypus hybridus are comparable with those of other species of armadillos.

Palabras clave : Mammals; Xenarthra; Dasypodidae; Armadillo; Tongue; Lingual papillae; SEM.

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