Biolife, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2015
M. Kamalakannan1* J.K. De2 and C.K. Manna3
1, 2 Zoological Survey of India, M- Block, New Alipore, Kolkata-700053, India
3 Department of Zoology, University of Kalyani, Nadia, Kalyani- 741235, India
Tricho-taxonomic studies have been carried out by many workers on different orders of class Mammalia. But meagre information is available on the study of hairs of species under the family Cervidae in India. To have the basic surface architecture, the hair samples collected from the mid-dorsal region of four species of family Cervidae present in the Zoological Survey of India were processed for microscopic examination. Hairs were examined with help of the digital camera fitted on optical light microscope. Based on the tricho-taxonomic characters, the four species under family Cervidae can be identified. This study will help in different wildlife enforcement agencies engaged to stop illegal trade of wildlife and its derivatives under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Key words: dorsal guard hair, Indian Cervids, tricho-taxonomy, key characters.
Published online 27th June, 2015
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How to Cite this Article:
M. Kamalakannan J.K. De and C.K. Manna (2015). Tricho-taxonomic studies of dorsal guard hairs of Indian Cervids (Artiodactyla: Mammalia) for species identification. Biolife, 3(2), pp 547-552. doi:10.17812/blj2015.32.29
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