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Vestnik Zoologii

The Journal of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Schmalhauzen Institute of Zoology

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Case of Cephalic Presentation of Foetus in a Harbour Porpoise Phocoena Phocoena (Cetacea, Phocoenidae), with Notes on Other Aquatic Mammals

P. Gol'din
  • Vernadsky Taurida National University, 4, Vernadsky Avenue, Simferopol, Crimea, 95007 Ukraine
Published Online: 2011-11-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10058-011-0030-5

Case of Cephalic Presentation of Foetus in a Harbour Porpoise Phocoena Phocoena (Cetacea, Phocoenidae), with Notes on Other Aquatic Mammals

A stranded harbour porpoise pregnant with a near-term foetus in cephalic (head) presentation was found. It is the first time when cephalic presentation, now recorded in three odontocete families, is reported for phocoenids. It proved to occur rarely, yet to be more widespread for aquatic mammals than could be expected.

Случай головного пред лежания плода у морской свиньи Phocoena phocoena (Cetacea, Phocoenidae), с заметками о других водных млекопитающих

Обнаружена выброшенная наберег морская свинья, беременная предродовым плодом в головном предлежании. Головное предлежание впервые отмечено у морских свиней и теперь известно у представителей трех семейств зубатых китов. Это явление редко встречается у водных млекопитающих, однако рас- пространено шире, чем предполагалось.

Keywords: porpoise; cetacean; prenatal development; parturition; evolution

Keywords: морская свинья; китообразные; пренатальное развитие; роды; эволюция

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Published Online: 2011-11-17

Published in Print: 2011-01-01


Citation Information: Vestnik Zoologii. Volume 45, Issue 5, Pages e-34–e-38, ISSN (Online) 2073-2333, ISSN (Print) 0084-5604, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10058-011-0030-5, November 2011

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