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Genetics, Evolution, and Physiology of Donkeys and Mules

Affiliation

  • 1 College of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University, 19555 North 59th Avenue, Cactus Wren Hall 336-P, Glendale, AZ 85308, USA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • PMID: 31672199
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.cveq.2019.08.003

Genetics, Evolution, and Physiology of Donkeys and Mules

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Affiliation

  • 1 College of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University, 19555 North 59th Avenue, Cactus Wren Hall 336-P, Glendale, AZ 85308, USA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • PMID: 31672199
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.cveq.2019.08.003

Abstract

The genus Equus is made up of donkeys, horses, and zebras. Despite significant variation in chromosome number across these species, interspecies breeding results in healthy, although infertile, hybrid offspring. Most notable among these are the horse-donkey hybrids, the mule and hinny. Donkeys presently are used for everything from companion animals to beasts of burden. Although closely related from an evolutionary standpoint, differences in anatomy and physiology preclude the assumption that they can be treated identically to the domestic horse. Veterinarians should be aware of these differences and adjust their practice accordingly.

Keywords: Cytogenetics; Donkey; Equine; Evolution; Genomics; Hinny; Hybrid; Mule.

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The genus Equus is made up of donkeys, horses, and zebras. Despite significant variation in chromosome number across these species, interspecies breeding results in healthy, although infertile, hybrid offspring. Most notable among these are the horse-donkey hybrids, the mule and hinny. Donkeys prese …