Morphology of the tongue of Vermilingua (Xenarthra: Pilosa) and evolutionary considerations

  title={Morphology of the tongue of Vermilingua (Xenarthra: Pilosa) and evolutionary considerations},
  author={Daniel Casali and Elis{\^a}ngela Martins-Santos and A. L. Santos and F. Miranda and G. B. Mahecha and F. Perini},
  journal={Journal of Morphology},
  pages={1380 - 1399}
  • Daniel Casali, Elisângela Martins-Santos, +3 authors F. Perini
  • Published 2017
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Morphology
  • The tongue of anteaters (Xenarthra, Pilosa, Vermilingua) is a highly specialized for myrmecophagy. [...] Key Result The tongue of Vermilingua is long and slender, with an apical protuberance, which differs between Myrmecophagidae and Cyclopes didactylus. In the former, the rostral region is conical, and in the latter, it is dorsoventrally compressed, as observed in sloths. The tongue of Vermilingua has filiform and circumvallate papillae on the surface; foliate and fungiform papillae are absent. The filiform…Expand Abstract
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