Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Morphological and histochemical features of the tissues of Karakul lambs with genetic albinism.

Abstract

Tissue samples were taken from 5 albino Karakul lambs slaughtered at birth, and 4 that were slaughtered on showing signs of bloat. The lambs showed changes in epithelial and connective tissues of the skin, and in the liver, kidneys, pancreas and thyroid gland, compared with normal (grey or black) Karakul lambs. It is suggested that identification of albinos soon after birth on the basis of skin histology can be used as an aid in culling of breeding stock for this genetic defect.