endocrine system > pituitary > normal histology > location

see also: Structure - Estrogen effects

Adult male zebrafish; H&E staining
coronal view

On coronal sections, the pituitary (or hypophysis) can be found in the midplane, at the level of the dorsal hemisphere of the eyes. Most of the pituitary is enclosed in an excavation of the skull, although this enclosement may be very thin over some parts. On more dorsal sections, the brain can be seen in front of the pituatary.

At this level, the following structures can be identified:

Adult male zebrafish; H&E staining
sagittal view
On mid-sagittal sections, the pituitary can be found in the roof of the oropharynx. The pituitary resides in an excavation of the skull, and it is connected to the brain by a stalk.
Note the optic chiasm, located rostral from the pituitary.






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