Osteometrical and CT Examination of the Japanese Wolf Skull

Hideki Endo*, Iwao Obara, Tomohiro Yoshida, Masamichi Kurohmaru, Yoshihiro Hayashi, Naoki Suzuki

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The skulls of Japanese wolf (Canis hodophilax) were osteometrically examined and compared with those of Akita-Inu, The skull total length was not statistically different between two species. However, significant differences were demonstrated between two species in some ratios concerning the frontal bone. CT examination was carried out in the Japanese wolf skull. The data indicated that the frontal sinus is not be largely developed and compressed in the dorso-ventral direction in parasagittal area. The narrow frontal sinus fitted to external shape of the frontal bone. The cribriform plate had a well-developed complicated structure in a caudal part of the ethmoid bone. These data will be useful to examine the respiratory function and the olfactory sense in the Japanese wolf.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-538
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • Akita-Inu
  • CT
  • Japanese wolf
  • Osteometry
  • Skull

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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