Authors: YASİN DEMİRASLAN, MEVLÜT AYKUT, ÖZCAN ÖZGEL
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the macroanatomical characteristics of nerves forming the plexus brachialis and originating from plexus in beech martens. A total of 6 beech martens (3 males and 3 females) that died in traffic accidents and were brought to Mehmet Akif Ersoy University's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Anatomy on various dates were used in this study. Nerves forming the plexus brachialis and originating from this plexus in martens were dissected and their results were recorded. According to the obtained results, it was observed that the plexus brachialis in beech martens was composed of a combination of the ventral roots of cervical 6th, 7th, 8th and thoracal 1st spinal nerves. N. Subclavius, n. Suprascapularis, nn. Subscapulares, n. Axillaris, n. Thoracodorsalis, n. Thoracicus lateralis, nn. Pectorales craniales, nn. Pectorales caudales, n. Musculocutaneus, n. Radialis, n. Ulnaris, and n. Medianus were found to be originating from plexus brachialis. Consequently, it is thought that the macroanatomical findings obtained from the plexus brachialis in beech martens would fill a gap in the literature. Beech marten is evaluated under the suborder Caniformia (dog-like), but according to the results obtained in our study, beech marten was more similar to the suborder Feliformia (cat-like).
Keywords: Beech marten, plexus brachialis, nerve, macroanatomy
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