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Table 3 Eviscerated body mass, mandible length and a body condition index in different classes of the molariforms tooth wear score

From: Dentition and body condition: tooth wear as a correlate of weight loss in roe deer

  Tooth wear score classes
0–10 (N = 106) 11–20 (N = 119) 21–30 (N = 67) 31–40 (N = 16) 41–50 (N = 11)
Eviscerated body mass (BW; kg)
Min 16.1 15.9 14.5 13.2 12.8
Med 19.9a 19.1b 17.8c 15.6d 13.2e
Max 24.2 25.0 22.1 19.0 15.2
% loss 4.0 10.6 21.6 33.7
Mandible length (ML; mm)
Min 142.97 147.23 146.39 151.07 143.02
Med 157.21 157.77 157.63 158.86 159.23
Max 167.91 167.43 166.56 168.24 167.53
% loss
Body Condition Index (BW/ML; kg/mm)
Min 0.10 0.10 0.09 0.08 0.08
Med 0.13a 0.12b 0.11c 0.10d 0.09e
Max 0.16 0.16 0.15 0.12 0.11
% loss 7.7 15.4 23.1 30.8
  1. Minimal, average and maximal values of eviscerated body mass (BW; kg), mandible length (ML; mm) and a body condition index (BW/ML; kg/mm) of 319 roe deer females shot in the Arezzo province (Tuscany, Central Italy) during the regular annual harvest (1 Jan–15 Mar) between 2007–2017 according to different classes of the molariforms’ tooth wear score. Percentage of weight loss and body condition loss were calculated referring to individuals with minor tooth wear, i.e. those belonging to the score class 0–10, and according to the differences in consecutive tooth wear score classes (F4,314 = 56.85, p < 0.001 for BW; F4,314 = 47.57, p < 0.001 for BW/ML). Tukey HSD post hoc test results are indicated by superscripts (a-e)—means within a row not sharing the same superscript differ significantly. No differences in mandible length (F4,314 = 0.85, p = 0.492) for consecutive tooth wear score classes were revealed. Pictures show the mean wear condition of each tooth wear class