Rectal, Anal Gland: A Corrective Morphological Study in New Zealand Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Hanaa M. El-Ghazali1* and Sozan A. Ali2


In order to achieve the main objective of our research is to prove that rabbits possess rectal glands not anal glands. Our work was carried out on fifteen healthy adult New Zealand rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) of both sexes and with variable ages. The glands were macro and microscopically examined. Also the measurements of the gland and the rectum (length/cm) were obtained. The rectal glands were elongated oval in outline and present on the lateral sides of the rectum and ended at the anorectal junction. Microscopically, the rectal gland was merocrine in nature and divided into many lobules that composed of different exocrine secretory. The ducts of the gland were numerous in the anterior two third and were scanty in the posterior one third.

Key words

Rectum, Anal gland, scent, Fistula

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