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Vom J. Vet. Sci.. 2016; 11(1): 36-44


COMPARATIVE MORPHOLOGIC AND BIOMETRIC STUDIES OF TRICEPS BRACHII AND BICEPS BRACHII MUSCLES OF CATTLE AND ONE-HUMPED CAMEL (Camelus dromedarius)

Sunday Akau HENA, Mamman Legbo SONFADA, Sani Abdullahi SHEHU, Muawuya JIBIR.

Abstract
This study involved the use of 25 male camels (Camelus dromedarius) and 25 male cattle (Zebu type) each within the ages of 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, 5 years and 7 years, which were purchased from Sokoto Municipal Modern abattoir. The length, circumference and weight of the triceps brachii and biceps brachii muscles showed increased values along chronological age advancement of the animals, more especially in the camel with highest morphometric values obtained from the triceps brachii muscle of camel aged 7 years, this could be an advantage and potential for more meat production in the camel. The gross morphologic appearances of the biceps brachii and triceps brachii as observed in the study agreed with the normal (anatomic) morphology. However it was observed that there was no tensor fasciae antebrachii muscle lining the caudal border of the long head of triceps brachii in the camel while this was evident in the cattle. The observed bulky triceps brachii in the camel could have taken over the function of the tensor fasciae antebrachii which is lacking in this animal species.

Key words: Comparative, morphologic, biometric, triceps brachii; biceps brachii.



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