Cat tongue surface, SEM

Cat tongue surface, SEM

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Caption: Cat's tongue. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the surface of a cat's (family Felidae) tongue. The tongue is covered in many backward facing papillae (projections). These tough structures are used to clean the cat's fur and to rasp meat from its prey.

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