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Tricho-Taxonomic Study of Dorsal Guard Hairs of Nine Indian Species of the Genus Mus (Muridae : Rodentia : Mammalia)


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1 Department of Zoology, Vivekananda College for Women, Barisha, Kolkata-8, West Bengal, India
2 Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata-53, India
     

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Exoskeletal structures of mammals, viz., hairs, claws, horns etc. display distinguishing features of species. Surface structures plus cross sectional views of mammalian hairs bear distinctive characteristics which help in differentiating various species, even in the absence of other body parts. Trichotaxonomic studies have facilitated in detecting crimes, against illegal trade and poaching of animals, for protecting wildlife. In-depth trichotaxonomic characteristics of nine Indian species of Mus have been presented here.

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Dorsal Guard Hairs, Surface Features, Cross Sectional Views, Identification, Protection, Wildlife.
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Paramita Saha Sarkar
Department of Zoology, Vivekananda College for Women, Barisha, Kolkata-8, West Bengal, India
J. K. De
Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata-53, India

Abstract


Exoskeletal structures of mammals, viz., hairs, claws, horns etc. display distinguishing features of species. Surface structures plus cross sectional views of mammalian hairs bear distinctive characteristics which help in differentiating various species, even in the absence of other body parts. Trichotaxonomic studies have facilitated in detecting crimes, against illegal trade and poaching of animals, for protecting wildlife. In-depth trichotaxonomic characteristics of nine Indian species of Mus have been presented here.

Keywords


Dorsal Guard Hairs, Surface Features, Cross Sectional Views, Identification, Protection, Wildlife.

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