Phenotypic and Morphometric characteristics of Angora Rabbits in Rabbit Model Farm JabbaMansehra Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-Pakistan

Sartaj Khan


A research study was carried out at Angora rabbit model farm JabbaMansehra Khyber PakhtunkhwaPakistan to document the phenotypic and morphometric characteristics of Angora rabbits. Fifteen male and fifteen female were selected for study. Phenotypic characteristics (color of coat, eye, eyelashes, muzzle,fore head and tail claw) were recorded visually. The color of coat, eyelashes, muzzle, fore head was white. Eye was noted to be pink or light red and tail claw was off white.Morphometric measurements(body length, heartgirth,height,tail length,earlength,earwidth,necklength,space between two rear teat, space between two middle teat, space between front and rear teat, headlength, fore head width) was recorded by using measuring tape.. In female rabbit mean body length, heart girth, and height of body was l12.93±1.07, 11.82±1.44, and 121.35±1.95 inches. Mean tail length, ear length, ear width and neck length was noted to be 3.45±0.55, 3.87±0.335 , 2.71±0.53 and 2.61±0.552 inches. Space between two rear teats, space between two middle teats, space between two front teats and spc between front and rear teats was found to be 1.77±0.22,2.81±0.53, 2.85±0.38, 6.87±1.05 while mean head length, fore head width was   , 4.80±0.61,2.63±.54 inches respectively. In male Rabbits mean body length, heart girth and height of the body was 13.20±1.04, 13.20±1.04 and 10.40±1.14. Mean tail length, ear length and ear width was3.36±0.410, 3.96±2.89, 2.76±0.25  while mean head length, fore head width and mean neck length was, 4.90±0.894, 2.48±0.563 and 2.60±0.651 inches respectively. The present study helped to document the phenotypic characteristics and morphometric measurements of Angora rabbits in our country.

Keywords:Angora rabbits, phenotypic, morphometric, colour, sex, Peshawar.

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