Characteristics and heritability analysis of head scales of the Hungarian meadow viper (Vipera ursinii rakosiensis, Mhely 1893)
Halpern, Bálint; Péchy, Tás; Posta, János; Komlósi, Ián; Üveges, Bálint
Amphibia-Reptilia 33(3-4): 393-400
ISSN/ISBN: 0173-5373 DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00002842
The objective of our research was to determine the heritability of head scale numbers of <jats:italic>Vipera ursinii rakosiensis</jats:italic>. 430 specimens (177 males and 253 females) were included in the analysis, most of which were born and raised in the Hungarian Meadow Viper Conservation Centre between 2004 and 2008. Due to the controlled breeding conditions, the dams of the offspring were known, and the sires were known in 51% of the cases.