A muscle that originates on the anterior iliac spine that passes through the inguinal canal before dividing into four branches, each attaching to a pouch nipple [ http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6601-2165 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12432001 ]

Synonyms: M. ilio-marsupialis ilio-marsupialis

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Term information

function notes

In pouched marsupials, the ilio-marsupialis is less well developed, but may help in gland contraction to express milk during suckling (Griffiths & Slater, 1988) and it carries the genitofemoral nerve that innervates the mammary gland (Renfree, 1979) [DOI:10.1046/j.1469-7580.2002.00087.x]

in pouchless marsupials provides mechanical support for the attached young [DOI:10.1046/j.1469-7580.2002.00087.x]

Associated with lumbar musculature. originally postulated to be involved in milk ejection, or for mammary support and for retraction of the teats.

has related synonym

compressor mammae

M. compressor mammae