The Karyotype of the Wild Boar Sus scrofa Linnaeus, 1758 in Turkey (Mammalia: Artiodactyla)


Abstract: This study is based on the karyological analyses of 4 Sus scrofa specimens obtained from Kırıkkale province in 2003 and 2005. It is the first time that karyotypes of Turkish wild boar specimens were determined. The diploid chromosome number (2n) is 38 and number of autosomal arms (NFa) 60. Karyological data were compared to the relevant literature. The results showed that the Turkish wild boar is different from central and western continental European specimens having 36 chromosomes and is identical to the domestic pig, and ones from east and south-east Europe and the Mediterranean islands.

Keywords: Distribution, karyotype, Sus scrofa, Turkey

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