Gross Anatomy of the Stomach of the Cervus Elaphus barbarus

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Hassen Jerbi & William Pérez


The barbary stag is an intermediate feeder ruminant of the Cervidae family. The macroscopic anatomy of the stomach in one adult barbary stag was described. The stomach of the barbary stag was composed of the four classic compartments of the ruminants. The weight of the full stomach was 10.5 Kg. The ruminal papillae were distributed unevenly in the rumen. The maximum height of the cristae reticuli was 0.2 cm. The cellulae reticuli were mostly undivided. The curvatura omasi measured 15.0 cm and the omasum had 15 primary, 10 secondary, 10 tertiary and 17 cuaternary Laminae omasi. The abomasum had about 12 plicae spirales abomasi. We concluded that the stomach morphology of the barbary stag had characteristics of other intermediate feeder ruminants.

KEY WORDS: Abomasum; Abdomen; Cervidae; Forestomach; Proventriculus.

How to cite this article

JERBI, H. & PÉREZ, W. Gross anatomy of the stomach of the cervus Elaphus barbarus. Int. J. Morphol., 31(2):388-391, 2013.