Macroanatomic, light and scanning electron microscopic studies of the pecten oculi in the stork (Ciconia ciconia)

Onuk B., Tutuncu S., ALAN A., Kabak M., Ince N. G.

MICROSCOPY RESEARCH AND TECHNIQUE, vol.76, no.9, pp.963-967, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 76 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/jemt.22255
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.963-967
  • Keywords: anatomy, light microscope, pecten oculi, scanning electron microscope, stork, KITE MILVUS-MIGRANS, FINE-STRUCTURE, ULTRAVIOLET-LIGHT, MORPHOLOGY, CAPILLARIES, DOMESTICUS, BUTEO
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


This study was undertaken to investigate the pecten oculi of stork by using macroscopic, light and electron microscopic techniques. A total of 20 eyes that were obtained from 10 storks were used. The eyes were cleaned and isolated by dissection. After various procedures, four of the pecten oculi were examined by light microscope while the other four with an electron microscope. The remaining 12 eyes were assigned for macroscopic investigation. Pecten oculi of the stork were determined as accordion-like structures that originated from n. opticus, consisting of 15-17 plica and projecting up to 2/5 of the diameter of the bulbus oculi. Light microscopic examination revealed two types of blood vessels. Afferent-efferent vessels were larger in diamater (40-45 mu m), fewer in numbers, and the capillary vessels were smaller in diamater (2-5 mu m) and more in numbers. There were granules including amount of melanin pigment at the apical part of the pleats. These granules were fewer and scattered randomly on the basal part of the pleats. As a result, pecten oculi in the stork, which is a migrating bird, were determined to be similar to those of other diurnal birds. Microsc. Res. Tech. 76:963-967, 2013. (c) 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.