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Skeleton of toad

Skeleton of toad
The Pectoral girdle consists of two similar and symmetrical half.

Skeleton of toad :


Pectoral Girdle:


a)      The Pectoral girdle consists of two similar and symmetrical half.

b)      Each half consists of suprascapula, scapula, clavicle, coracoid, precoracoid, glenoid cavity and epicoraciod.

c)        Sternum is located at the lower end of pectoral girdle.

d)       Suprascapula is wide and thin. Scapula is hard thick and elongated.


Humerus : It is the first bone of forelimb of toad.


a)   This bone is long and narrow towards the posterior end.


b)       At the tip, there is a round head like structure.


c)    The bone has a trochlea at the posterior end.


d)  Deltoid ridge is present.


Radia-ulna: It is the radia-ulna offorelimb of toad.


·     The two bones radius and ulna, being fused together to form the bone.


·      The posterior end of this bone is comparatively wide.


·           The anterior end has a concave sigmoid notch.


Carpals, Metacarpals and Phalanges:


a. Carpals:


Next to radia-ulna there are small round bones known as carpal.


Bones are arranged in two rows.


b. Metacarpals:


They are next to carpal.


Four narrow long bones form the metacarpal.


c. Phalanges:


l. There are four phalanges in the forelimb.


1st and 2nd finger have two phalanges.

3rd and 4th finger have three phalanges.

Pelvic Girdle:

1. It is like the English letter "V'.

2. The girdle is divided into two similar parts. Pubis

3. In each half there are illium, ischium and pubis. Fig : Pelvic Girdle

4 In the junction of these  three bones there is acetabulum. 


Femur: It is the first bone of the hindlimb of toad.

The bone is elongated and sticklike.


The bone is a little curved.


The tip of the bone is round. Posterior end has a swelling.




It is the tibia-fibula of hind leg of toad.


1.The bone is long and the ends are wide. Tibia

2. Two bones Tibia and Fibula being fused together form the bone, at the junction there is a cnemial crest.

3.The elevated regions on both sides of the depression are clearly seen.


Astragalus and Calcaneum: It is the bone of hind leg of toad.


a)        It is made of two bones astragalus and calcaneum.


b)  Both the bones are narrow elongated with a gap in-between.


c)    The terminal ends of both the bones are fused.


d)       Cartilage  is  present  at  the  two  ends.

 Tarsals, Metatarsals and Phalanges:

Tarsals : The Tarsal bones are arranged intwo rows. 1st row is formed by two small bones. And these two bones are just belowthe astragalus and calcaneum.

Metatarsals: Five narrow and long bonesform this metatarsal.


1. These are finger bones.

2. There are five fingers in the hind limb of Toad.

3. There are three phalanges in 1st, 2nd and 5th finger and four phalanges in 4th finger.

First Vertebra or Atlas: It is the first vertebra of the vertebral column of Toad.


1. It is ring like in appearance.

2. Transverse process is absent.

3. Neural canal is big.

4. Centrum is small but wide.

5. Prezygapophysis is absent.

6. Front end of centrum is concave and posterior end is convex.


Typical Vertebra:


It is the typical vertebra of Toad.


Small, thick centrum is present.


Small and blunt neural spine present.


On both sides of neural arch there is transverse process.


Prezygapophysis and postzygapohsis are present.


Ninth Vertebra: It is the ninth vertebra of the vertebral column of Toad.


Transverse process is wide.


At the anterior end there is centrum.


On the posterior region there are two condyles.


Prezygapophysis is present but postzygapophysis is absent.


Neural canal and neural arch are not completely developed.


Urostyle: It is the last bone of vertebral.

column of toad or urostyle.

1. Urostyle looks like a rod.

2. It gradually narrows posteriorly.

3. At the anterior end there is concave  depression or facet.

4. At the midline of the bone there is a neural crest like a blade of a knife.

5. Neural canal is very narrow.

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