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Morphological Differentiation Among Donkey Breeds: A Review

Morphological Differentiation Among Donkey Breeds: A Review

Masixole Maswana, Thinawanga Joseph Mugwabana and Thobela Louis Tyasi*

School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics and Animal Production, University of Limpopo, Private Bag X1106, Sovenga 0727, Limpopo, South Africa

 
* Corresponding author: louis.tyasi@ul.ac.za

ABSTRACT

The different parts of the world, which have different geographic set ups and climatic conditions have resulted in the creation of different types of donkeys which speak to the characteristics of the different regions. The current state of information on breed level characterization documented data is not enough and generates a low level of research interest on conservation of donkey genetic resources. The objective of the current review was to describe the morphological variations between different donkey breeds. This review study shows forms of slight variation in morphological traits among donkey breeds of the same area within that country. One of the key aspects in animal evolution and migration from one area to another is at the core of it informed by adaptability. This study will help donkey farmers, extension officers and researchers to understand the morphological variation among donkey breeds.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 54, Iss. 6, Pages 2501-3000

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