Radiographic pelvimetry in free-ranging Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx carpathicus) from Switzerland

Morend, Fanny; Lang, Johann; Vidondo, Beatriz; Ryser-Degiorgis, Marie-Pierre (2022). Radiographic pelvimetry in free-ranging Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx carpathicus) from Switzerland. European journal of wildlife research, 68(4) Springer-Verlag 10.1007/s10344-022-01595-6

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The observation of pelvic anomalies in two Eurasian lynx (subspecies Lynx lynx carpathicus) from a population reintroduced
to Switzerland raised the question of the frequency of such anomalies, but no anatomical reference values were available for
comparison. This study aimed at providing baseline data on the pelvic morphology of Carpathian lynx from Switzerland,
and at detecting potential pelvic anomalies. Measurements of 10 pelvic parameters were performed on the radiographs of 56
lynx taken from 1997–2015. Two ratios (vertical diameter/acetabula; sagittal diameter/transversal diameter) and two areas
(pelvic outlet and inlet) were calculated to describe pelvic shape. The results showed that the Eurasian lynx has a mesatipellic
pelvis, with a pelvic length corresponding to approximatively 20% of the body length. We found growth-related pelvis size
diferences among age classes and evidence of sexual dimorphism in adults: two parameters refecting pelvic width were
larger in females, likely to meet the physiological requirements of parturition. By contrast, pelvis length, conjugata vera,
diagonal conjugata, sagittal diameter, and tendentially also vertical diameter, were larger in males, in agreement with their
larger body size. Outliers were found in fve individuals but apparently without clinical signifcance. Extreme values were
likely due to inter-individual diferences and the limited sample size rather than to possible congenital or developmental
pathological morphology of the pelvic cavity. We present baseline data of the pelvic morphology, including growth and
sexual dimorphism, which may be useful for health monitoring and for determination of age and sex in skeletal remains of
Carpathian lynx.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > DKV - Clinical Radiology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Other Institutions > Emeriti, Vetsuisse Faculty
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Center for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI)

UniBE Contributor:

Lang-Fritz, Johann; Vidondo Curras, Beatriz Teresa and Ryser, Marie Pierre

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1612-4642

Publisher:

Springer-Verlag

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pamela Schumacher

Date Deposited:

15 Aug 2022 08:40

Last Modified:

15 Aug 2022 08:40

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10344-022-01595-6

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/171912

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/171912

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