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Morphology of the Cetacean Reniculus

Nature volume 193, pages 799800 (24 February 1962) | Download Citation

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A DISTINCTIVE feature of cetacean morphology is the disposition of the renal tissue as a conglomeration of anatomically discrete units (renculi, reniculi, renules) to the number of some hundreds or even thousands. Each such reniculus comprises a medullary pyramid, a surrounding cortex and an independent calyx leading by means of an infundibulum into a ureteric tributary. The renicular blood vessels lie on the calyx and enter the reniculus at the cortico-medullary junction.

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  1. Departments of Anatomy and Physiology, St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, University of London, E.C.1.

    • A. J. E. CAVE
    •  & F. J. AUMONIER

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