Cat tongue closeup: side view - extreme closeup

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This is a crop of the "Cat tongue closeup: side view" image, focusing on the tongue.  The original image was a closeup of a cat's tongue from a side view as the cat licks her paw .  Numerous barbs (spines; filiform papillae) are clearly visible across the top surface of the tongue, and additional papillae (fungiform papillae) are visible on the side and bottom of the tongue.  This side view emphasizes the height at attachment of the barbs (the largest are almost half the thickness of the tongue), and shows that they're angled back only slightly.  This is also one of the few images I've seen showing the back of a cat's tongue in a natural position.  See the uncropped version of this image for more context.
This is a crop of the "Cat tongue closeup: side view" image, focusing on the tongue. The original image was a closeup of a cat's tongue from a side view as the cat licks her paw . Numerous barbs (spines; filiform papillae) are clearly visible across the top surface of the tongue, and additional papillae (fungiform papillae) are visible on the side and bottom of the tongue. This side view emphasizes the height at attachment of the barbs (the largest are almost half the thickness...
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