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Cat tongue surface, SEM

Cats tongue. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the surface of a cats (family Felidae) tongue. The tongue is covered in many backward facing papillae (projections). These tough structures are used to clean the cats fur and to rasp meat from its prey. Magnification: x15 when printed at 10 centimetres wide

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Felidae Mammal Mouth Papilla Papillae Rough Surface Tongue False Coloured


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This print showcases the intricate and fascinating surface of a cat's tongue. In this coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM), we are granted a close-up view of the rough, pink terrain that covers the feline's tongue. The multitude of backward facing papillae, visible in striking detail, play a crucial role in the cat's daily activities. These tough projections serve two primary purposes for our furry friends. Firstly, they act as natural grooming tools, allowing cats to meticulously clean their fur with precision and efficiency. Secondly, these papillae aid in capturing and rasping meat from prey during hunting expeditions. With a magnification level of x15 when printed at 10 centimetres wide, this image offers an extraordinary glimpse into the world of zoology and mammalian anatomy. It highlights the remarkable biological adaptations found within members of the Felidae family. The false-coloured SEM technique employed here adds an artistic touch to this scientific marvel while preserving its authenticity. This photograph is not only visually stunning but also serves as a testament to nature's ingenuity and complexity. Whether you're an animal enthusiast or simply appreciate awe-inspiring visuals from the natural world, this print is sure to captivate your imagination and spark curiosity about our feline companions' incredible tongues.

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