The gular scutes
are triangular, almost as wide as long (Fig.
Larger plastrons and inguinal scutes
lend more protection to females against predators.
Turtles in this study showed a similar pattern of tissue Hg distribution observed in many other species of turtles (liver > kidney [greater than or equal to] scutes
polyphemus are needed to examine scute
tissue formation in association with shell degradation.
The absence of overlapping of a sulcus delimiting the vertebral scutes
makes possible that interpretation, but its allocation to a fourth neural cannot be determined for certain.
cylindricum; however, in IGM 9563 the maximum diameters (anteroposterior and transversal) of the scutes
are clearly smaller and thinner than in IGM 9562, resembling the osteoderms of the G.
If this scenario is correct, then perhaps the specimen dates back to earlier Irvingtonian times corresponding with both the "smallish" armadillo scute
from the Slaton Quarry (see Dalquest & Schultz 1992), and reflecting the temporal size trend for D.
The first 100 individuals that were aged by scute
annuli were deleted from this analysis to account for learning to interpret annuli for this population.
The presence of a cervical scute
differs from the condition present in the taxon from the Oleron Island, where this scute
is absent, and in Plesiochelyidae, where it is divided into three scutes
Straight-line carapace length (nuchal notch to post-marginal scutes
, SCLnt) was compared between 2004-07 and 1991-92 (Dickerson et al.
The carapace of hatchlings for which incubation lasted more than 67 days is compressed in the cranial region, whereas the anal region, close to the medium scutes
, is broader and longer, in comparison to those of hatchlings incubated for less than 55 days.
Multiple scientific journals including Food & Chemical Toxicology; Bioscience, Biotechnology & Biochemisty; European Journal of Pharmacology; and Experimental Biology & Medicine report that scute
can help block inflammation-causing enzymes, reduce free radical damage, promote normal breathing patterns, protect nerve cells from oxidative damage and soothe occasional stomach discomforts.