The buccohypophyseal canal in the holocephalan Callorhinchus. (a) Sagittal section obtained from synchrotron X-ray microtomography from specimen AMNH 257784, showing the pituitary region (arrowhead). (b) The pituitary gland has recesses on both sides of the sphenoid (outlined in blue). (c) Three-dimensional reconstruction in ventral view showing the pharyngeal pituitary connected to the intracranial pituitary by a long stalk (arrowhead) with zones of cartilage fusion appearing.
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