The prenatal development in swamp buffalo (Bubalus carabanensis)

Document Type: Full paper (Original article)


1 Laboratory of Embryo Biotechnology, Institute of Biotechnology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Hanoi, Vietnam

2 Department of Physiology of Animal Reproduction, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liege, B-4000 Sart-Tilman, Liege, Belgium


There are morphological and reproductive physiological differences between swamp buffalo (Bubalus
carabanensis) and river buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). The development of fetus weight and fetus biometry was
reported in river buffalo and other animals but not in swamp buffalo. The aim of this study was to describe
the inherent variability in fetus related measurements during swamp buffalo pregnancy. The data is based on measurements of 267 fetuses and 5 new born claves from swamp buffalo. The results show that a significant linear correlation exists between estimated age of fetuses and parameters of fetus sizes. There were correlations between crown-rump length (CRL) and other fetal parameters, as well as between fetus weight and its parameters. In conclusion, our data indicated that the feasibility and value of fetal measures in swamp buffaloes being used for the evaluation of fetal development.