Comparative histochemical study of prosimian primate hindlimb muscles. II. Populations of fiber types

Am J Anat. 1981 Feb;160(2):187-94. doi: 10.1002/aja.1001600205.


The populations of fiber types in hindlimb muscles of the tree shrew (Tupaia glis), lesser bushbaby (Galago senegalensis), and the slow loris (Nycticebus coucang) were described and an attempt was made to correlate populations of fiber types and locomotor patterns. Muscle fibers were assigned to one of the following groups: fast-twitch glycolytic (FG), fast-twitch oxidative-glycolytic (FOG), and slow-twitch oxidase (SO). Histochemical techniques for the demonstration of alkaline- and acid-stable ATPase, succinic dehydrogenase, and mitochondrial alpha-glycerophosphate dehydrogenase were used in the classification of muscle fibers. Results indicated that the FG fiber type is the predominant fiber type in muscles used for jumping, the FOG fiber type is predominant in muscles used for running, and the SO fiber type occurs in high percentages in postural muscles. The SO fiber was also the most common fiber in muscles of the slow loris-a species that exhibits a slow, deliberate, sustained locomotor pattern. Intramuscular regional variations in populations were seen in some larger muscles of the tree shrew, but not in the lesser bushbaby and slow loris. Our results did not support the contentions of others that analogous muscles in different species have similar populations of fiber types.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Galago / anatomy & histology
  • Hindlimb / anatomy & histology*
  • Hindlimb / physiology
  • Lorisidae / anatomy & histology
  • Movement
  • Muscles / anatomy & histology*
  • Muscles / physiology
  • Strepsirhini / anatomy & histology*
  • Tupaiidae / anatomy & histology