European Journal of Anatomy

Official Journal of The Spanish Society of Anatomy
Cover Volume 16 - Number 3
Eur J Anat, 16 (3): 221-223 (2012)

Caudal duplication (dipygus) in a Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

Juan A. Corbera, Inmaculada Morales, Alberto Arencibia, Manuel Morales, Carlos Gutiérrez

Dpto. de Patología Animal, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35413 Arucas, Las Palmas, Islas Canarias, Spain

ABSTRACT The first description of caudal duplication (dipygus) in a pigeon (Columba livia) is presented. Congenital defect is macroscopically and radiologically described. A surgical exeresis was completed. Possible causes are discussed. Although it is unknown if congenital duplications are caused by genetic or environmental factors, or both, genetic factors can be suspected in this case.

Keywords: Dipygus, Caudal duplication, Congenital defect, Pigeon,Columba livia

European Journal of anatomy
ISSN 2340-311X (Online)