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Congenital caudal vertebral malformations in the alpaca (Lama pacos)

Vaughan, J.L., Lonsdale, R.A., Jackson, G. and Ryan, D.P. (2000) Congenital caudal vertebral malformations in the alpaca (Lama pacos). Australian Veterinary Journal, 78 (6). pp. 412-415.

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To assess radiologically the caudal vertebrae of a male alpaca with an abnormal tail, and nine of his offspring.

Right lateral and ventrodorsal radiographs were taken of the caudal vertebrae.

The caudal vertebral abnormalities in these alpacas included vertebral subluxation, hemivertebrae, wedge hemivertebrae and block vertebrae.

These malformations in offspring of one sire suggest a hereditary basis for congenital caudal vertebral malformations in the alpaca.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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