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SCHIMMING, Bruno Cesar. Morphological Study of the Cervical Salivary Glands in the Nine-Banded Armadillo. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2009, vol.27, n.3, pp.737-742. ISSN 0717-9502.

The cervical salivary glands of the armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus was examined by light microscopy. These glands are situated on either side of the neck, divide in lobes and show a presence of a salivary bladder, associated with the main ducts of the gland. This gland is histologically a typical mixed glands, containing both mucous and serous elements, with mucous acini as the predominant secretory unit. The bladder itself is composed of a wall made up of pseudostratified epithelium, skeletal muscle and connective tissue. In general, the morphology of the cervical salivary glands appears similar to that described in other species of the mammals.

Keywords : Armadillo; Salivary glands; Cervical salivary glands; Morphology.

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