Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2016)
Studies on genetics of body colouration of Black Bengal Goat (Capra hircus bengalensis) in some areas of West Bengal
Author(s): Anuradha Koyal, Pranab Kr. Banerjee
Abstract: Black Bengal (BB) goat is one of the recognized breed among the domestic species in India and serves as integral part of rural India's symbiotic system of crop and livestock production. Variation is a unique feature for every organism which is manifested through morphology. BB goats are known to be famous for their adaptability, prolificacy, delicacy of meat and superior skin quality. It is precious germplasm of West Bengal. But till now enough care has not been taken to study the morphology of body colour in Black Bengal goat. Therefore a preliminary investigation has been done to know the variation in morphology of body colour in Black Bengal goat in some areas of West Bengal. Studies on the morphological variation in body colour in 50 goats both adult and kids have been conducted. The data reveal that black colour and brown colour are more prevalent than the white colour in both the adult and kids.