False-colour SEM of the surface of a cat's tongue

False-colour SEM of the surface of a cat's tongue

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Credit: CATH WADFORTH/DEPT. OF ZOOLOGY/UNIVERSITY OF HULL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the upper surface of a cat's tongue, showing the numerous spiky papillae that give the tongue its rough, rasping texture. This texture is used by cats to penetrate their coat during grooming, & for lapping up water or milk. This specimen shows conical papillae found towards the sides of the tongue. Magnification: x9 at 35mm size. Original is BW print P475/022.

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Keywords: anatomy, animal body, cat, false-coloured, on cat's tongue, papillae, tongue, tongue of

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