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Ramirez N.N.,Servicio de Extension Salud Publica Veterinaria | Bottinelli O.R.,Servicio de Extension Salud Publica Veterinaria | Ruiz R.M.,Servicio de Extension Salud Publica Veterinaria | Bastos R.S.,Servicio de Extension Salud Publica Veterinaria
Revista Veterinaria | Year: 2010

Albinism can be inherited by direct reproduction of albino specimens or indirectly by crossing of recessive individuals of normal color. True albinism is the total absence of pigmentation, but there are other forms of depigmentation considered as partial albinism. Cases of complete albinism are exceptional, in particular in wild animals and especially in bats, but cases were reported already in twenty-two countries worldwide. In South America there are thirteen recorded cases, one of them in a bat from Salta, north-western Argentina. In this article we report a new case of albinism in a bat found in Corrientes, north-eastern Argentina, being at the same time the first for the Desmodus rotundus species. Reporting of albinism cases are of great importance not only for taxonomic description purposes but also for genetic, ethological and ecological studies, and in particular for this species regarding its role in the spread of some diseases. Source

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