Zoology (Jena) 2012 Feb 27;115(1):38-46. Epub 2011 Dec 27.
Department of Biology, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 17013, USA.
Embryonic staging series are important tools in the study of morphological evolution as they establish a common standard for future studies. In this study, we describe the in ovo embryological development of the African house snake (Boaedon fuliginosus), a non-venomous, egg-laying species within the superfamily Elapoidea. We develop our staging series based on external morphology of the embryo including the head, eye, facial prominences, pharyngeal slits, heart, scales, and endolymphatic ducts. Read More