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Macroanatomical Investigation of the Plexus Brachialis in the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Macroanatomical Investigation of the Plexus Brachialis in the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Ayse Haligur* and Sema Ozkadif

Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Ceyhan Veterinary Medicine, Cukurova University, Adana,Turkey

*      Corresponding author: semaerten@80gmail.com

ABSTRACT

The red fox is widely distributed all over the world. These animals feed as wild animals and off the waste of people, thus having a close association with people. Anatomical knowledge of the red fox is very poor and we aimed to investigate the branches of the plexus brachialis in the red fox. We used six male red foxes that were died in traffic accidents. The right plexus brachialis was formed by the cervical spine nerves, C6, C7, and C8, and the thoracic spine nerve, T1 of the rami ventralis in four animals, and between C5, C6, C7, C8, T1 and T2 in two animals. The right plexus had a regular appearance. The left plexus brachialis consisted of C6, C7, C8 and T1 in all the red foxes examined. The right rami ventralis originating from C5 was thin, and after a short course joined to a branch of C6. The rami ventralis originating from T2 coursed directly via the axillar region of the right side. The left side was not as regular as the right side. In this study, we showed that there were differences between the right and left sides of the plexus brachialis in the red fox.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 53, Iss. 5, Pages 1603-2000

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