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Theriologia Ukrainica
(former Proceedings of the Theriological School)

ISSN 2616-7379 (print) ISSN 2617-1120 (online)

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download pdfVolokh, A. 2019. Features of moose antlers (Alces alces) from Ukraine. Theriologia Ukrainica. 2019. Vol. 18: 4047.



Features of moose antlers (Alces alces) from Ukraine


Anatoliy Volokh


Tavrichesky State Agrotechnological University (Melitopol, Ukraine)


Theriologia Ukrainica. 2019. Vol. 18: 4047.




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During research of moose antlers from Ukraine, the following measurements were taken: coverage of the socket, circumference at a distance of 4 cm from the outer edge of the socket, length of each antler on the posterior curved side between the ends of the most remote upper and lower sprouts, number of sprouts at each corner, length of each spindle on the back side from the base to the end, circumference of each process in the middle, distance between the anterior processes, maximum distance between the longest branches in the middle part, distance between the rear branches, width of the antler blade at the widest point. Given that in any population antlers of European adult moose are typical, intermediate, and deer-like, their measurements were taken respectively. The first postnatal antlers of moose from Ukraine reach 29.0 2.55 cm in length, having in its composition 12 processes with a maximum width of 52.072.4 cm. The second antlers have 24 processes. The length of most of them (56.7 %) varies within 1020 cm. Three-year-old animals, in comparison with the two-year-old ones, increase by 2 times the average length of the antler, by 1.8 times the width of the sockets and by 1.5 times the maximum antler width (71117.3 cm). The dimensional characteristics of antlers in young moose are characterized by a considerable dynamics. The highest variation concerns the length of the processes, their number and circumference in the middle part, as well as the coverage of the sockets. The length of adult antlers is 40.198.0 cm, the width of the shovel is 6.024.2 cm, the girth of the trunk is 12.320.3 cm, and the maximum width is 72.3146.2 cm. For a mass of 6.9211.14 kg they have a low trophy quality: 191.30303.51 points, which is the result of the absence of population management.


moose, antlers, measurement, trophy, assessment, conservation, Ukraine.



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