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Seasonal change in body fat of the Hyrax Procavia capensis (Pallas, 1766) using a body fat ranking index

L.J. Fourie, M.R. Perrin
Koedoe | Vol 28, No 1 | a535 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v28i1.535 | © 1985 L.J. Fourie, M.R. Perrin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 November 1985 | Published: 28 November 1985

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L.J. Fourie, University of the Orange Free State, South Africa
M.R. Perrin, University of Natal, South Africa

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Abstract

Changes in the body fat content of the hyrax Procavia capensis were used as an indicator of physiological condition. Body fat rankings for the different sexes showed seasonal variations related to physiologically stressful periods (rutting, gestation and lactation). The subjective body fat rankings were correlated significantly with total body fat.

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