Observations on Oviduct Morphology of the Coypu (Myocastor coypus)

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Antonio E. Felipe; Elida Fumuso; Verónica Eyheramendy & Daniel Lombardo


Anatomical and histoachitectonic analyses of coypu (Myocastor coypus) oviduct were performed at sexual maturity. Thirty-four oviducts were segmented into: infundibulum, ampulla, cephalic istmus, middle and caudal. Routine histological techniques were used. Oviducts were observed as tubular and tortuous organs with a wide infundibular surface, a pronounce flexure at junction of the uterine horns and with a colliculus at the utero-tubaric junction. The oviductal wall was composed of the mucosal, muscular and serosal tunics. The mucosal tunic showed foldings that diminished in number, ramification and height from the ampulla to the beginning of the utero-tubaric junction. The lining epithelium was composed of ciliated cells as well as secretory cells. In the infundibulum and isthmus, it was simple and cylindrical, while in the ampoule it was cylindrical pseudo-stratified. In the caudal regions of the isthmus, crypts covered by a cylindrical epithelium with secretroy aspect were observed. The lamina propria was composed of highly vascularized lax connective tissue. The muscular tunic increased its thickness and complexity from the infundibulum to the utero-tubaric junction.

KEY WORDS: Oviduct; Histology; Anatomy; Myocastor coypus.

How to cite this article

FELIPE, A. E.; FUMUSO, E.; EYHERAMENDY, V. & LOMBARDO, D. Observations on oviduct morphology of the coypu (Myocastor coypus). Int. J. Morphol., 33(4):1307-1312, 2015.