Morphological aspects of the brain in the Indian grey mongoose (Herpestes Edwardsii)

Document Type : Short communication


Department of Basic Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.


Mongoose is a common name for 29 to 34 species in 14  genera  of  the family Herpestidae which are found in vast areas of southwestern Asia, especially southern Iran. Anatomical and morphological studies of the brain have always  been of interest to the researchers in the  field of anatomy, due to its high importance in various fields of veterinary and  zoology. Because of the  lack of information about the brain structure in wild carnivores, the present study was  conducted  to better  understand the morphological features in Indian  grey  mongoose. For this purpose, 4 carcasses of  adult mongooses were  used. They were found in different areas of Fars province. The mongooses had died due to  natural causes. The brain was carefully separated from the skull and the measurements  and observations were  made  on  different parts of it. In this study, it wa  found  that the  brain's structure has an ovoid appearance. Also, distinguished olfactory bulbs, deep transverse  and longitudinal fissures, and relatively large cerebellar vermis were observed. According  to  the current study, it can be concluded that  the  anatomical features of the brain in the mongoose are similar to those of other carnivores and are in perfect harmony with the sensory and motor capabilities of the  animal.   


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  • Receive Date: 06 March 2020
  • Revise Date: 12 October 2020
  • Accept Date: 01 November 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 December 2020