Die Nutzung morphologischer Abwurfstangenmerkmale zur objektiven Differenzierung ungarischer Rotwildpopulationen

Translated title of the contribution: The use of morphological characteristics of cast off antlers to objectively differentiate among populations of red deer in Hungary

J. Köller, P. Kabai, A. Demeter

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The present report is part of a larger investigation aimed at differentiation among regional Hungarian red deer populations with the aid of morphological antler characteristics of shot red deer. However, this presentation is based on the use of morphological characteristics of cast off antlers as an extension of the previous work and encompasses a broader spectrum of antler formation. From a total of 418 cast off antlers from 4 different Hungarian red deer reserves, 14 morphological parameters were chosen. In order to characterize the distribution of mass along the antlers, a new parameter, the antler focal point was selected. The relationships among the parameters defining the cast off antlers were uniformly investigated within designated limits using simple correlation and regression calculations as well as with factorial analysis. The differences among the individual populations were investigated using graduated discrimination analysis. In numerous cases close positive correlations were demonstrated between the individual parameters; for example, between the selected parameter pairs - antler mass and antler length (r=0.84-0.92), lower antler circumference and antler mass (r=0.79-0.87), as well as upper antler circumference and antler mass (r=0.86-0.95). A comparison of the populations on the basis of the relationships existing between the parameter pairs showed only minimal differences. The factorial analysis demonstrated that the form variability of the cast off antlers can be characterized by the parameters of the lower and the upper antler masses, as well as by the relationship of the two - the antler focal point. For the investigated range of mass (0.3≤×≤3.0 kg), significant differences were in part determined between the individual populations from the results of the discrimination analysis. These differences, however, were very low. The antler focal point was also represented among the 6 parameters selected to differentiate respectively among the 6 different regions investigated. In 50% of the cases the individual cast off antlers were re-assigned to their correct areas of origin. Characteristic antler types could not be demonstrated. The results of the investigations of the antlers and cast off antlers were described. Other ways to compare red deer populations were discussed, whereby the complex investigations between morphological and biochemical-genetic parameters were emphasized.

Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)151-163
Number of pages13
JournalZeitschrift für Jagdwissenschaft
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1989

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Die Nutzung morphologischer Abwurfstangenmerkmale zur objektiven Differenzierung ungarischer Rotwildpopulationen. / Köller, J.; Kabai, P.; Demeter, A.

In: Zeitschrift für Jagdwissenschaft, Vol. 35, No. 3, 09.1989, p. 151-163.

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