Demographic, Genealogical and morphological characterization of Pantelleria donkey

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Abstract

A demographic, genetic and morphological evaluation on Pantelleria donkey's population was carried out to give a contribution for the exploitation of this old donkey breed. Genealogical data were analysed by the software Minbreed v 1.0. Pedigree is composed by 4 generations. The inbreeding of the population (Fwhole population = 0.4 %) resulted very low than the expectations; therefore, the inbreeding coefficients resulted low in the males F male, = 0.9 % and in the females Ffemale = 0.0 %. On the other hand, the mean relationship among the 378 couplings resulted very high a1j = 15,1 %. The morphological study was carried out on 20 subjects. For each animal the most important morphological parameters and bio-metric indices were studied. Lateral conformation body index, in males was 104.84 vs 97.71 of females, in accordance with the values of dolichomorphic type equides; this tendency to dolichomorphism put in evidence morphological elegance and the high speed of these donkeys. Interesting was also volume index value, used to estimate the skeletal strength.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)41-49
Numero di pagine9
RivistaARCHIVIO VETERINARIO ITALIANO
Volume55
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2004

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