Caption: Mammal tongue filiform papillae (cat). Filiform papillae project toward the back of the tongue. They form backward-facing hooks which help hold food and provide the abrasiveness needed for self-grooming. They do not have taste buds. The taste buds are carried by mushroom-shaped papillae at the tip and sides and the cup-shaped papillae at the back of the tongue.
Magnification*: x8
Type: SEM
Copyright 2004 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Keywords: 92621B,09.01.04,cat tongue,misc. vertebrates,papilla,papillae,SEM,taste bud,tongue papillae,tongue surface,filiform papillae