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BODY CONFORMATION AND BLOOD PROTEIN / ISOZYME POLYMORPHISMS OF TAMARAW (Bubalus mindorensis)

  • Majid, M.A. (Animal Production Research Division, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI)) ;
  • Momongan, V.G. (Institute of Animal Science, University of the Philippines) ;
  • Penalba, F.F. (Institute of Animal Science, University of the Philippines) ;
  • Barrion, A.A. (Institute of Animal Science, University of the Philippines) ;
  • castillo, E.M. (Institute of Animal Science, University of the Philippines)
  • Received : 1993.12.07
  • Accepted : 1994.11.02
  • Published : 1995.04.01

Abstract

A total of 6 tamaraws were observed for determining coat color and measured for body conformation. Banding pattern of 4 blood proteins and 2 isozymes were analysed from the peripheral blood of two tamaraws. The coat colour of younger tamaraws were observed to be brown and adult was found to be complete black. The body weight, body length, withers height, head length, head width, horn length and tail length of adult male and female tamaraws were: 236 kg and 208 kg; 113.5 cm and 112.5 cm; 19.5 cm and 20 cm; 30.0 cm and 28.5 cm and 36.0 cm and 35.5 cm, respectively. The electrophoretic banding pattern, distance migrated and the allelic frequencies obtained in tamaraws were similar compared with that reported in swamp buffaloes. Although the sample size was very small, results of this study could be an important source of informations based on which a breeding programme can be designed to exploit some of the economic characters of tamaraw.

Keywords

Tamaraw;Morphology;Blood Protein / Isozymes;Polymorphisms