The structural design of the bat wing web and its possible role in gas exchange.

@article{Makanya2007TheSD,
  title={The structural design of the bat wing web and its possible role in gas exchange.},
  author={Andrew Ndegwa Makanya and Jacopo P Mortola},
  journal={Journal of anatomy},
  year={2007},
  volume={211 6},
  pages={687-97}
}
The structure of the skin in the epauletted fruit bat (Epomophorus wahlbergi) wing and body trunk was studied with a view to understanding possible adaptations for gas metabolism and thermoregulation. In addition, gas exchange measurements were performed using a respirometer designed for the purpose. The body skin had an epidermis, a dermis with hair follicles and sweat glands and a fat-laden hypodermis. In contrast, the wing web skin was made up of a thin bilayered epidermis separated by a… CONTINUE READING
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