Evaluation of pulmonary volumetric morphometry at the light and electron microscopy level in several species of passerine birds
Vitali, S.D. and Richardson, K.C. (1998) Evaluation of pulmonary volumetric morphometry at the light and electron microscopy level in several species of passerine birds. Journal of Anatomy, 193 (4). pp. 573-580.
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The lungs of 3 small passerine species, having similar body mass but different diurnal activity patterns, were analysed morphometrically to assess the relationship between diurnal activity and pulmonary volumetry at the light and electron microscope levels. The percentage volumes of the major lung and exchange tissue components of the 3 species--an aerial insectivore, a foliage gleaner/nectarivore and a ground forager--were strikingly similar, and consistent with literature values for other passerine species. The only significant difference found was exchange tissue plasma volume and pulmonary haematocrit, with the ground-foraging, low activity Malurus splendens having significantly lower values than the other 2 species. This may indicate that cardiovascular parameters are more important determinants of metabolic activity in small passerines than aspects of pulmonary anatomy.
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