Repository of University of Nova Gorica

Show document
A+ | A- | Help | SLO | ENG

Title:A first survey on hair cortisol of an Alpine ibex (Capra ibex ibex) population.
Authors:ID Peric, Tanja (Author)
ID Prandi, Alberto, Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences, University of Udine (Author)
ID Corazzin, Mirco, Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences, University of Udine (Author)
ID Comin, Antonella, Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences, University of Udine (Author)
ID Colitti, Monica, Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences, University of Udine (Author)
Files: This document has no files that are freely available to the public. This document may have a physical copy in the library of the organization, check the status via COBISS. Link is opened in a new window
Work type:Not categorized
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:Biometric measurements of horn, body and physiological variables of 35 Alpine ibex, Capra ibex ibex, (14 females and 21 males, age range: 2-15 years) were analysed in relation to gender and area of origin. Moreover, for the first time hair cortisol concentration was evaluated in this species. The ibexes were live-captured in spring in the Maritime Alps Natural Park. All the horn and body morphometric measurements were significantly different between genders and a statistical difference was found between horn and body data considering the area of origin of ibexes, with the exception of horn circumference and height as well of body and hock length. Among the physiological variables, female ibex showed higher heart rate and glycemia, but tended to have lower respiratory rate than male. The mean hair cortisol concentration was 22.40±1.44 pg/mg (±SE). A different distribution was described for the male hair cortisol concentrations compared to that in females. Obtained data indicate that the geographical area where Alpine ibex lives could affect the endurance of an ibex population but further investigations are needed to understand if intra- and inter-specific competition and different environment could be the basis of the HPA axis activation. Hair cortisol evaluation together with biometric values could be an interesting way to obtain information on the adaptation that the animal attempts to reach in relation to environmental factors and pursuing organism homeostasis. This feature could be important in attempting to preserve wildlife biodiversity that also depends from the state of animal welfare.
Keywords:allostatic load, Alps, ibex, biometry, hair cortisol
Publication version:Author Accepted Manuscript
Year of publishing:2018
Number of pages:18
Numbering:2018, 1
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-3866-7ab2f24d-de9b-98e7-472c-e3a9b8a0cb58 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:5123067 New window
Publication date in RUNG:06.03.2018
Copy citation
Average score:(0 votes)
Your score:Voting is allowed only for logged in users.
Share:Bookmark and Share

Hover the mouse pointer over a document title to show the abstract or click on the title to get all document metadata.

Record is a part of a journal

Title:Animal Science Papers and Reports
Publisher:Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding
Year of publishing:2018


License:CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Description:The most restrictive Creative Commons license. This only allows people to download and share the work for no commercial gain and for no other purposes.
Licensing start date:06.03.2018