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Observations on the macroscopic digestive anatomy of the Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus)


Clauss, Marcus; Hummel, J; Vercammen, F; Streich, W J (2005). Observations on the macroscopic digestive anatomy of the Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus). Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia: Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series C, 34(4):276-278.

Abstract

We measured macroscopic anatomical parameters of the digestive tract of 12 female Himalayan tahrs. According to morphological criteria used sensu Hofmann for the classification of ruminants into feeding types - in particular the reticuloruminal capacity measured as wet content weights, the ruminal pillar thickness, the reticular honeycomb structure, the size of the omasum and the size of the parotid glands - tahrs can be classified as predominantly grazing ruminants. As reported in other ruminant species, the length of the large intestine was a more constant parameter over a range of body weights than that of the small intestine. The weight of the parotid glands scaled to metabolic body weight.

We measured macroscopic anatomical parameters of the digestive tract of 12 female Himalayan tahrs. According to morphological criteria used sensu Hofmann for the classification of ruminants into feeding types - in particular the reticuloruminal capacity measured as wet content weights, the ruminal pillar thickness, the reticular honeycomb structure, the size of the omasum and the size of the parotid glands - tahrs can be classified as predominantly grazing ruminants. As reported in other ruminant species, the length of the large intestine was a more constant parameter over a range of body weights than that of the small intestine. The weight of the parotid glands scaled to metabolic body weight.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:2005
Deposited On:29 Apr 2008 09:08
Last Modified:25 Sep 2016 06:06
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0340-2096
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1439-0264.2005.00611.x
PubMed ID:15996131
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2381

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