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Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Chemical Senses in Aquatic Mammals

Henry Pihlström

in Sensory Evolution on the Threshold

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252783
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252783.003.0007
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Chemical Senses in Aquatic Mammals

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This chapter presents a comparative study of the structure and function of chemical senses in aquatic mammals. It first discusses the chemosensory systems of extant species of Monotremata, Didelphimorphia, Insectivora, Carnivora, Sirenia, Cetacia, Artiodactyla, and Rodentia. It then examines the evolution of chemical senses through a comparative analysis of the olfactory organs of semiaquatic mammals and terrestrial mammals.

Keywords: chemical senses; aquatic mammals; Monotremata; Didelphimorphia; Insectivora; Carnivora; Sirenia; Cetacia; Artiodactyla; Rodentia

Chapter.  7679 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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