I am looking for information on coronary vessels in urodele hearts.
According to Bader and Oberpriller, 1979 (J. Exp. Zool. 208:177-194)
Notophthalmus viridescens has no arteries in the heart (i.e., no coronary
arteries) and according to Hildebrand, 1974 (Analysis of Vertebrate
Structure, John Wiley& Sons, New York) "some amphibians and fishes lack
coronary vessels." Does anyone know of any urodeles that have coronary
arteries? Is the presence of coronary arteries related to size (i.e., do
large urodeles like the giant salamander ,Andrias japonicus, have coronary
Anton W. Neff
Anton W. Neff, Ph.D.
Medical Scineces Program
email:neff at indiana.edu