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Topographic analysis of the heart of the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla, Linnaeus 1758)

Grant number: 12/12982-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2012
Effective date (End): September 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine - Animal Clinics and Surgery
Principal researcher:Alan Peres Ferraz de Melo
Grantee:Michelly Amanda Barssalho
Home Institution: Pró-Reitoria Acadêmica. Centro Universitário de Rio Preto (UNIRP). Sociedade Riopretense de Ensino e Educação. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil


Each year that passes the list of endangered species in Brazil is growing more and more. The answer to this question is in the greed and unbridled exploitation of man, which uses the natural sources that the planet has to offer of way recklessly, without considering the consequences. Besides the man is hurting yourself, because the natural sources are depleted, he ends up hitting the animals, which lose their natural environment and risk in urban perimeters in search of food and shelter. Victims of fires, abuse and hit, the Myrmecophaga tridactyla, popularly known as Giant anteater was considered by the IUCN as vulnerable animal, namely fragile. Thanks to migration, or rather, man's intrusion into their habitat, damage to this species has been increasing gradually, and this should increase the interest in preservation. The purpose of studying the species cited is to bring knowledge to those working in the field of clinic and surgery, since there is little reported in the literature about the anatomy, morphology and topography of the heart Myrmecophaga tridactyla. Ten specimens shall be used for Giant anteater, assigned by the Setor Clínico Cirúrgico de Animais Selvagens (Saccas) Veterinary Hospital "Dr.Halim Atique "located in the city of Sao Jose do Rio Preto. (AU)

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