Anatomical Description of the Pelvic Limb Muscles of Puma (Puma Concolor)

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César Caro-Munizaga & Ismael Concha-Albornoz


Carnivores are animals fascination exerted on people. Historically, they have been part of human culture and mythology for millions of years. In medicine, the structure and function are inseparable as the basis and foundation this science and art together are basic subjects in medical training. The cougar is one of the big cats are known for their ecology, reproduction and aspects of nutrition. However, aspects of their anatomy are very general. Is likely to be a protected animal, which could only be obtained and preserved for study only under special conditions, is preferred to standardize their anatomy such domestic cat. Was conducted classic dissection of the lower limbs of a specimen of adult male cougar, which took place on different topographic regions of the lower limbs of this sample. The comparative study demostrated by describing the muscular structures and its annexes that domestic cats can be used as an anatomical model to be extrapolated in future studies of these structures in the puma, except for some differences on certain points of origin and insertion in the development of some muscular structures.

KEY WORDS: Veterinary; Myology; Felines; Puma.

How to cite this article

CARO-MUNIZAGA, C. & CONCHA-ALBORNOZ, I. Anatomical description of the pelvic limb muscles of puma (Puma concolor). Int. J. Morphol., 32(3):1085-1094, 2014.