Plastination and Anatomy Description of Organs of the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

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Gabriela Sánchez Fabila ; María Dolores Contreras Villanueva & Roberto Moreno Colín


Four different internal organs of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) were plastinated and described, obtaining didactic models, which let their components to be modified in an unaltered context; the resulting specimens are opaque and firm, but not unbreakable, with an appearance similar to that of the living state. The anatomical descriptions were made in concordance with those of the authors presented within the antecedents of this study; reinforcing the knowledge that the internal organs of T. truncatus described here typify those of mammals in general aspects, since the great uniformity between their structural elements is revealed. Moreover, there are very few non-pathological anatomic studies about dolphins, even though various mophometric and behavioral studies have been carried out, it still can be considered that several biological aspects of bottlenose dolphins remain to be described.

KEY WORDS: Bodies; Description.

How to cite this article

SÁNCHEZ, F. G.; CONTRERAS, V. M. D. & MORENO, C. R. Plastination and anatomy description of organs of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Int. J. Morphol., 34(2):644-652, 2016.