|SREL Reprint #1016|
Genetic and Morphologic Comparisons of Red Brocket, Brown Brocket, and White-Tailed Deer
H. Smith, William V. Branan, R. Larry Marchinton, Paul E. Johns, and
Comparisons were made
for four cervids: red brocket (Mazama
americana), brown brocket (M. gouzoubira), and white-tailed
deer (Odocoileus virginianus) from Suriname and the southeastern
United States. They could be
distinguished by biochemical variants and the allometric relationships
describing their skulls as revealed by discriminant function analysis.
The four forms were closely related with the brown brocket being the most
divergent. The percentages of
polymorphic loci (P=10.5-57.) and heterozygosity (H=0.086-0.079) were within the
range expected for large grazing mammals, although the whitetails from Suriname
had the lowest level of genetic variability (P=10.5%; H=0.036) yet reported for
this species in studies with 19 or more loci surveyed.
SREL Reprint #1016
Smith, M.H., W.V.
Branan, R.L. Marchinton, P.E. Johns,
and M.C. Wooten. 1986. Genetic and morphologic
comparisons of red brocket, brown brocket, and white tailed
deer. Journal of Mammalogy 67:103-111.