HomePhilippine Journal of Veterinary Medicinevol. 41 no. 2 (2004)

Characterization of Hair Cuticle of Philippine Vivverids (Family Vivveridae, Order Carnivora) Using A Scanning Electron Microscope

Marianne Leila A. Santiago-flores | Ceferino P. Maala | Bernard B. Baysic | Michelle Grace R. Valle-paraso | Pedro L. Alviola Iii

Discipline: Veterinary Medicine



The pattern, orientation, dorsal margin, and distance between the dorsal margins of the cuticular cells of the hair from different regions of four species of Philippine Vivverids were examined using a scanning electron microscope. The study revealed minor differences on the cuticular pattern and orientation, the appearance of the dorsal margins of the cuticles, and the distance between dorsal margins of cuticles in the four Vivverids. In all animals, -most regions examined showed hairs with serrate coronal cuticular pattern, transversely oriented cuticles and cuticles with serrated dorsal margins. The shortest distance between dorsal margins of the cuticles appeared to be those in the inguinal region (2-8µ) of female Bear cat and longest in the forelimb (20µ) of female Malayan Civet. In view of this, cuticular pattern and other morphological features of hair medulla type, size and color should compliment each other to ensure a more accurate identification.