Manus (zoology)

The (Latin for "hand") is the zoological term for the distal portion of the fore limb of an animal. In tetrapods, it is the part of the pentadactyl limb that includes the metacarpals and digits (phalanges). During evolution, it has taken many forms and served a variety of functions. It can be represented by the hand of primates, the lower front limb of hoofed animals or the fore paw and is represented in the wing of birds, bats and prehistoric flying reptiles (pterosaurs), the flipper of marine mammals and the 'paddle' of extinct marine reptiles, such as plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs.

In cephalopods, the "manus" is the end, broader part of a tentacle or arm, and its suckers are often larger and arranged differently than those on the rest of the arm.

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  • manus — n. [L. manus, hand] 1. The hand. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Crustacea) Broad proximal part of a propodal cheliped of a Decapoda. 3. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Formerly applied to the anterior tarsus. 4. (MOLLUSCA: Cephalopoda) see tentacle …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • Manus (anatomy) — The manus (Latin for hand) is the zoological term for the distal portion of the fore limb of an animal. In tetrapods, it is the part of the pentadactyl limb that includes the metacarpals and digits (phalanges). During evolution, it has taken many …   Wikipedia

  • manus — [ meɪnəs] noun (plural same) chiefly Zoology the terminal segment of a forelimb. Origin C19: from L., hand …   English new terms dictionary

  • Pes (zoology) — The (Latin for foot ) is the zoological term for the distal portion of the hind limb of tetrapod animals. It is the part of the pentadactyl limb that includes the metatarsals and digits (phalanges). During evolution, it has taken many forms and… …   Wikipedia

  • maniform — adj. [L. manus, hand; forma, shape] Hand shaped …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • palm — see manus …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • tentacular club — (MOLLUSCA: Cephalopoda) A terminal suckered pad, comprised of carpus, manus and dactylus …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • Sauropoda — Sauropodes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sauropode — Sauropoda Sauropodes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sauropodes — Sauropoda Sauropodes …   Wikipédia en Français


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