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An approach to the nomenclature of anuran musculature


Cuadernos de Herpetología 18 (1): 65-72, 2004 jmhoyos@javercol.javeriana.edu.co


A new nomenclature of anuran muscles and a general method to choose the appropriate names of anatomical structures are proposed. These names are based on the Nomina Anatomica and on the Code of Zoological Nomenclature. The law of priority is used to select the muscle name to adopt, and the criteria of primary homology, secondary homology, and topographic identity are discussed to encourage the idea of nomenclatural stability of anatomical structures. A sequence to establish a correspondence between names and the homology of structures is suggested, beginning with the identification of topological correspondence (primary homology) and ending with the recognition of the topographic identity and secondary homologies.

Key words:

músculos; nomenclatura; Amphibia; Anura

Received: May. 04, 2004 ▪ Accepted: Jul. 10, 2004

Associate Editor: V. Abdala
Hoyos, J.M. & Dubois, A. 2004. An approach to the nomenclature of anuran musculature. Cuadernos de Herpetología 18: 65-72.