Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira
Print version ISSN 0100-736X
LIMA, Ana R.; FIORETTO, Emerson T.; IMBELONI, Aline A. and BRANCO, Érika. Saimiri sciureus' hard palate morphology. Pesq. Vet. Bras. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.5, pp. 459-462. ISSN 0100-736X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-736X2012000500015.
Primate order includes around 180 species. Morphological aspects of New World non-human primates (NHP) have been extensively investigated since last century. General commonsense describes oral cavity adaptations according to diet and feeding, dentition, tongue projection and head shape. Morphological appearance and dimension of the hard palate have been outstanding as interest in many species including man. Six young Saimiri sciureus hard palate were investigated. We measured the hard palate distance (HL), intercanine distance (ICD), intermolar distance (IMD), and interpremolar distance (IPD). Complete and incomplete palatine crests were quantified. We believe that better understanding of the mouth roof morphology will contribute to improve the management of captive animal's diet in order to re-introduce the animals in its habitat.
Keywords : Saimiri sciureus; non-human primates; oral cavity; wild animal; anatomy.