Med. Weter. 74 (5) 324-326, 2018

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MARIAN FLIS, EUGENIUSZ R. GRELA, DARIUSZ GUGAŁA, BOGUSŁAW RATAJ
The occurrence of albinism in roe deer: A case study
Two cases of albinism in roe deer were reported in the Lublin region in the spring of 2017. Both animals were females. One of them was a mature female roe deer with partial albinism. The other was a young roe deer (kid) born in the previous hunting season, which was a true albino, most probably descended from a female roe deer with pseudo-leukoderma. Since the eyes of these animals could not be examined, it was impossible to conclude about their leucism. No male roe deer in a group of 14 animals showed phenotypic features of albinism. This confirms that albinism in roe deer occurs very rarely, because it is conditioned by recessive alleles, and its phenotypic manifestations can take many forms..
Key words: roe deer, albinism, heredity