SREL Reprint #1907

 

 

 

 

Association between production of offspring and genetic variability in cervids

Michael H. Smith
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Drawer E, Aiken, SC, 29802 USA

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Kenneth L. Risenhoover
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Stition, TX, 77843 USA

Abstract

Relationships between production of offspring, body, weight, and geneticvariability were examined in 8 cervids. Number of offspring produced per 100 females, including fawns, ranged from 60 in roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) to 127 in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Multilocus heterozygosity (H) ranged from 0.0 in fallow deer (Dama dama) to 9.9% in white-tailed deer. Production of offspring was positively associated with H but not with body weight. H is not related to body weight in these taxa. Level of genetic variability may be an important determinant of secondary productivity.

SREL Reprint #1907

Smith, M.H. and K.L. Risenhoover. 1993. Association between production of offspring and genetic variability in cervids. p. 113-118. In XXI IUGB Congress: Forests and Wildlife...Towards the 21st Century, edited by I.D. Thompson. Vol. 1. International Union of Game Biologists. Halifax, Canada.

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