Discrete sexual dimorphism in Minorcan horse
Parés-Casanova Pere M* and Allés Carme
Dept. of Animal Production, University of Lleida, Av. Alcalde Rovira Roure 19, 25198-Lleida (Catalonia, Spain).
- *Corresponding Author:
- Parés-Casanova Pere M
Dept. of Animal Production, University of Lleida, Av. Alcalde Rovira Roure 19, 25198-Lleida (Catalonia, Spain)
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: 10 June 2015 Accepted: 02 September 2015 Published: 07 September 2015
In this research, the authors studied sexual dimorphism in the Minorcan horse, an autochthonous breed from Minorca Island in the Balearic archipelago (NW Mediterranean Sea). For this purpose, a two-dimensional geometric morphometric approach was applied to 52 pictures of adult animals (24 males and 28 females) in their left lateral view. Fourteen landmarks were chosen to provide an adequate coverage of the body. Certain differences between sexes appeared, mainly on dorsal neck conformation and distal part of extremities, males being much more uniform. Surprisingly, withers height was not discriminatory between genders.