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Assessing the morphological identification of guard hairs from Brazilian deer

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Beatriz F. S. da Silva ; Márcio L. de Oliveira ; José M. B. Duarte
Total Authors: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: IHERINGIA SERIE ZOOLOGIA; v. 110, p. -, 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 2

ABSTRACT Given the difficulty of collecting biological samples from rare and elusive species, the collection and analysis of hair is a good alternative for the identification and differentiation of mammal species. Our study aimed to test the reliability of the morphological identification of guard hairs from cervids that inhabit Brazil. We collected guard hairs from five body regions (head, neck, side of the thorax, back, and buttocks) of one male and one female of eight Brazilian cervid species, and we analyzed hair cuticular and medullar patterns. We carried out qualitative and quantitative analyses on the morphology of the medullar (total thickness and thickness of the medulla) and cuticular patterns (area and perimeter of the scales) of the guard hairs. Based on the obtained data, we found no notable morphological differences in the cuticular and medullar patterns in the guard hairs. Furthermore, our quantitative analysis demonstrated that the guard hairs are not a useful material for differentiating the Brazilian deer species. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/07014-8 - The use of actual topotypes to produce genotypes and cytotypes in the taxonomic review of the Mazama genus: the basis for the species conservation
Grantee:José Maurício Barbanti Duarte
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 15/25742-5 - Distribution and density of Mazama genus deer species at the Atlantic Forest
Grantee:Márcio Leite de Oliveira
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/02021-6 - Comparative description of guard hairs and sub-hairs of Brazilian deers
Grantee:Beatriz Fiochi Soares da Silva
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation