Current Mammalogy by Carleton J. Phillips, Bernard Tandler (auth.), Hugh H.

By Carleton J. Phillips, Bernard Tandler (auth.), Hugh H. Genoways (eds.)

When I first proposed a sequence entitled present Mammalogy to the pub­ lishers, they have been reluctant to adopt this sort of venture simply because they seen the sphere of mammology as overly fragmented. before everything i discovered this concept to be tough to simply accept; besides the fact that, upon mirrored image, I got here almost about agreeing with it. even supposing many folks paintings on mammals, we gen­ erally consider extra allegiance to our specialties, similar to systematics, ge­ netics, cytogenetics, ecology, habit, pest regulate, paleontology, flora and fauna administration, primatology, and marine mammalogy, than we do to the final box of mammalogy. even though, instead of turning into discour­ elderly from pursuing this venture, I grew to become extra yes than ever sequence resembling present Mammalogy used to be wanted. we are hoping to make this sequence a spot the place experts can current their principles not just to different individuals in their strong point, yet to these outdoor the realm to boot. expectantly, this alternate of principles may be a jointly priceless workout. The Editorial Board of present Mammalogy has determined to maintain the diversity of matters in every one quantity as extensive as attainable instead of targeting one or subject matters, within the wish that it will continue the sequence as worthwhile as attainable to the broadest diversity of readers.

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Quay (1954) reported that interspecific differences in tarsal (Meibomian) glands could be detected in histological studies of the eyelids from species of microtine rodents and Saki and van Lennep (1984) described histological and histochemical differences in these glands among 12 species of Australian marsupials. Quay (1968) also described interspecific differences in the histology, distribution, and presence and absence of skin glands in many species of microtines. These glands have been shown to be influenced by androgens (Jannett, 1975) and to be involved in communication through scent marking (Muller-Schwarze, 1983; Ralls, 1971; Wolff and Johnson, 1979).

The Technology The technology for investigating cell architecture has been available for at least three decades, but has improved greatly over the past 10 years because of the increasingly sophisticated techniques developed for study of intracellular events at the molecular level. Conventional and high-voltage transmission electron microscopes provide a view of cell structure that essentially is a representation of intracellular molecular events that have been captured in situ. Our understanding CELLULAR EVOLUTION 13 of cells has progressed greatly in recent years and as Gershon et al.

Because these cells are polarized, the mature product is released from the cell only at specific sites, such as the apical plasma membrane or the membrane that lines intercellular canaliculi. The area of plasma membrane where release takes place might have some special properties, or, alternatively, the secretory granules may be directed to a particular zone of plasma membrane by the 18 CARLETON ). PHILLIPS and BERNARD TANDLER FIGURE 3. Diagram of an exocrine cell, showing the generali zed secretory pathway.

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