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

id

UBERON:0013715