An osteometrical study of the skull and mandible of African four-toed Hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris)

Girgiri I A, A Yahaya, B. G. Gambo, J. O. Olopade

Abstract


Osteometrical characteristics of the skull and mandible of African hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris) from Maiduguri, Nigeria were examined. Fourteen (14)hedgehogs skull (including 7 males and 7 females) were used in this study. Twenty four (24) parameters were obtained and measured by traditional morphometry. Univariate analysis of the data revealed gender difference in GML, BBC, WGI, FRO and GLN, which were significantly higher (p˂0.05) in the female hedgehogs. Conversely, the values for NCH and NCI were significantly higher (p˂0.05) in the male hedgehogs. The results obtained in this study will form a good baseline data for comparative anatomical studies between species of hedgehogs and may also find application in the field of morphology, zoo-archaeology, and taxonomic studies.

 

Key Words: Osteometry, Skull, Mandible, African Hedgehog.


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