Variations and anomalies in the vertebral column of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) from southern Brazil


  • Ana Paula Borges Costa Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Carolina Loch Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Paulo César Simões-Lopes Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina





This paper describes cases of morphological variation and bone anomalies in the axial skeleton of the bottlenose dolphin, with emphasis on the vertebral column and considering the physical maturity of those specimens.

Author Biographies

Ana Paula Borges Costa, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Laboratório de Mamíferos Aquáticos (LAMAQ), Departamento de Ecologia e Zoologia

Carolina Loch, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Laboratório de Mamíferos Aquáticos (LAMAQ), Departamento de Ecologia e Zoologia

Paulo César Simões-Lopes, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Laboratório de Mamíferos Aquáticos (LAMAQ), Departamento de Ecologia e Zoologia


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