Quasi-Olfaction of Dolphins

  • Vitaly B. Kuznetsov


Since olfactory bulbs regress in tcothed whales long before the moment of birth (Sinclair, 1966; Oelshläger, Buhl, 1985), they possess no olfaction. Taste buds are found in neonates and young animals, but they are reduced to such a degree that the adults appear to possess no gustatory perception (Yamasaki et al., 1978; Li Yemin, 1983). Morphological data have made it possible to conclude that the toothed whales do not possess the typical vertebrate senses of olfaction and taste.


Olfactory Epithelium Bottlenose Dolphin Valeric Acid Harbor Porpoise Taste Sensitivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vitaly B. Kuznetsov
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  1. 1.Department of Vertebrate Zoology Faculty of BiologyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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