Publication no. 268 from the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, supported in part by grant FR 00163 of the National Institutes of Health and by funds from grant AM 08445, Biology of the Skin of Man and Other Primates. Also supported by the Revlon Research Center, Inc., New York.
The skin of the whale (Balaenoptera physalus)†
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2005
Copyright © 1967 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
The Anatomical Record
Volume 159, Issue 1, pages 69–75, September 1967
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Giacometti, L. (1967), The skin of the whale (Balaenoptera physalus). Anat. Rec., 159: 69–75. doi: 10.1002/ar.1091590110
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2005
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2005
Skin specimens were obtained from every representative region of the body of an adult Finback whale (Balaenoptera physalus) and examined by means of various histochemical and histological techniques. The following characteristic features were found:
The epidermis is exceedingly thick over the general body surfaces and varies from a maximum of 3.0 mm over the ventral surface to 2.5 mm on the back.
The complex understructure of the epidermis has rete ridges oriented to the craniocaudad body axis.
The papillary layer of the dermis has long and pointed papillae which are wedged into the epidermis.
The sensory cutaneous nerve endings demonstrated by silver impregnation and cholinesterase consist predominantly of small Vater-Pacini corpuscles situated in the higher level of the dermis.
The intricate blood capillary network, positive for alkaline phosphatase is encased in the dermal papillae.
There are no hair follicles, sebaceous and sweat glands.