Morphometric Characterization of Donkeys (Equus asinus) in D/Kudu Kano State For Selective Breedingand Genetic Conservation

Ahmad Syazni, Kamarudin and Aliyu Garba, Khaleel and Lawal Abdullahi, Lawal (2020) Morphometric Characterization of Donkeys (Equus asinus) in D/Kudu Kano State For Selective Breedingand Genetic Conservation. Journal of Agrobiotechnology, 11 (2). pp. 12-21. ISSN 2180-1983

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Donkeys (Equus asinus) is a domestic livestock animal and popular in helping farming activities and providing food for some societies. Population of donkeys were drastically decreasing due to the overexploitation for its hides and industrialization. Little is known regarding the morphometric measurements of this species which provide a useful information for selective breeding and genetic conservation. One hundred and forty-four male donkeys from D/Kudu Kano state where enrolled in this study for morphometric characterisation. Seven morphological parameters were analysed in association with age and coat colour of donkeys observed. Descriptive statistical analysis, analysis of variance (ANOVA) as well as correlation coefficient among parameters were evaluated. Result revealed that donkeys in the studied area were categorised into 7 different coat colour with light grey (30.6%) being the dominant colour. High frequency distribution of donkeys between the ages of 5-7 years (41%) were recorded. Also, both age and coat colour showed a significant (P <0.01) difference on face length, ear length, chest circumference and body length. Significant and positive correlation (r = 0.43–0.91) is observed in all morphological traits except relationship for tail length which is negatively correlated. In conclusion, the morphological features analysed in this study can be regarded as a preliminary for further studies on the Kano donkey breed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Body morphometric, breeding, donkeys, genetic conservation, Kano
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Bio-resources & Food Industry
Depositing User: Fatin Safura
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2022 02:15
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2022 01:38

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