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Table 1 Descriptive statistics of the morphological traits of Nigerian sheep breeds

From: Morphological and microsatellite DNA diversity of Nigerian indigenous sheep

Trait WAD sheep Yankasa sheep Uda sheep Balami sheep
  LSM ± SEM LSM ± SEM LSM ± SEM LSM ± SEM
BW 20.12 ± 1.23d 30.87 ± 1.05c 37.86 ± 1.20a 39.00 ± 0.94a
WH 52.35 ± 1.07d 68.52 ± 0.6c 74.53 ± 0.87a 74.31 ± 0.59a
RH 52.12 ± 0.87d 67.44 ± 0.63c 73.78 ± 0.82a 73.64 ± 0.57a
BL 76.87 ± 1.53d 93.56 ± 0.91c 99.40 ± 0.99a 101.77 ± 1.21a
EL 13.03 ± 0.39c 13.19 ± 0.28c 15.63 ± 0.54a 14.54 ± 0.28b
FCL 13.45 ± 0.21d 14.85 ± 0.22c 16.53 ± 0.31a 15.60 ± 0.19b
TL 19.42 ± 0.63d 35.28 ± 0.54c 44.13 ± 0.73a 39.67 ± 0.50a
CG 65.04 ± 1.60d 75.83 ± 0.90c 81.30 ± 1.12a 82.87 ± 1.19a
CD 25.73 ± 0.78d 33.38 ± 0.45c 35.22 ± 0.58a 33.82 ± 0.32a
RW 11.84 ± 0.29d 13.77 ± 0.22c 15.35 ± 0.30a 15.32 ± 0.22a
  1. a,b,c – means with different superscript are significantly (p < 0.05) different.
  2. BW body weight, WH withers height, RH rump height, BL body length, EL ear length, FCL fore cannon bone length, TL tail length, CG chest girth, CD chest depth, RW rump width WAD West African Dwarf sheep, LSM least square means, SEM standard error of mean.