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Muscles of the Back and Trunk, Function


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Latissimus Dorsi
Lateral flexion of the spine, draws the forelimb backwards (flexing the shoulder joint)
Longissimus Dorsi
Allows the back to extend and lateral flexion
Intercostals
Support the rib cage and aid in respiration
Abdominal Oblique
Draws the hind leg under into flexion. Flexes the trunk laterally and balances straight forward motion
Rectus Abdominus
Supports the back and internal organs. Acts like the bow string of a bow