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Morphology, chemical composition, mechanical properties and structure in antler of Sardinian red deer (Cervus elaphus corsicanus)
 
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Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología Agroforestal y Genética, ETSIAM, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), 02071 Albacete, Spain
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Sección de Recursos Cinegéticos y Ganaderos, Instituto de Desarrollo Regional (IDR), Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), 02071 Albacete, Spain
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Dipartimento di Agraria,Sezione di Scienze Zootecniche, Università di Sassari, via E. De Nicola 9, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Department of Animal Science and Food Processing, Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences. Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamicka 129, 165 21, Prague 6 - Suchdol, Czech Republic
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Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos, IREC (CSIC, UCLM, JCCM), Campus Universitario s/n, 02071 Albacete, Spain
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Jamil Cappelli   

Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología Agroforestal y Genética, ETSIAM, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), 02071 Albacete, Spain
Online publish date: 2017-03-17
Publish date: 2017-06-01
 
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 2017;28(1):110–112
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The deer population present in Sardinia and Corsica represents an endemic subspecies Cervus elaphus corsicanus. We describe for the first time the characteristics of cast antlers of Sardinian red deer from the forest complex Sette Fratelli, south-east part of the island. Moreover, we describe the material mechanical properties, the structural ones, and the mineral profile of antlers from adults, comparing them with the antler characteristics of the subspecies C. e. hispanicus examined exactly with the same methodology. Sixty-one deer casted antlers were collected and classified as belonging to adults (35) or sub-adults (26). A first part of the study described the common features of the antlers of sub-species C. e. corsicanus through the analysis of morphology in all deer antlers. Subsequently, a more detailed study used 12 adult deer antlers for a destructive analysis. Statistical comparisons were conducted using ANOVAs between characteristics of the two age subgroups, and using Pearson´s correlation coefficients between the antlers morphological variables. In general, morphological antler measures had greater values in adults than in sub-adults. In comparison with Iberian deer, Sardinian adult antlers have a more simple structure with lower values in morphological features, mechanical properties and structural characteristics.
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