Coronary Irrigation in Puma concolor (Carnivora: Felidae)

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Wilson Viotto-Souza; Paulo de Souza Junior; Amarílis Díaz de Carvalho; Marcelo Abidu-Figueiredo & André Luiz Quagliatto Santos


This study described the anatomy of the coronary arteries and their main branches in Puma concolor. The hearts of six individuals of Puma concolor, were analyzed. The A. coronaria sinistra formed the ramus interventricularis paraconalis and the ramus circunflexus. A ramus septal was formed close to the origin of the ramus interventricularis paraconalis and yielded from six to eight ventricular branches. The circumflex branch originated from two to five atrial branches and from three to seven ventricular branches. The right coronary artery formed two to six atrial branches, and four to nine ventricular branches. In half of the individuals, an accessory coronary artery was identified as the first branch of the right coronary artery. In all individuals, the subsinusal interventricular branch originated in the right coronary artery. It could be inferred that coronary circulation in Puma concolor is balanced, as each coronary artery yielded an interventricular branch and there was no significant difference in the total number of branches that originated from each coronary artery. These findings are different from the descriptions of most carnivore species, and may aid a better understanding of the phylogenetic relationships and synapomorphies of carnivore coronary circulation, especially in the Felidae family.

KEY WORDS: Cardiovascular system; Carnivores; Coronary dominance; Cougar.

How to cite this article

VIOTTO-SOUZA, W.; SOUZA JUNIOR, P. ; CARVALHO, A. D.; ABIDU-FIGUEIREDO, M. & SANTOS, A. L. Q. Coronary irrigation in Puma concolor (Carnivora: Felidae). Int. J. Morphol., 35(3):925-930, 2017.