OMIA:000610-9940 : Lustrous wool in Ovis aries (sheep)

Categories: Integument (skin) phene

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Considered a defect: yes

Key variant known: no

Species-specific description: Lustrous, light-yellow wool, lacking crimp, occurring in Merinos. This trait is characteristic of breeds such as Lincoln and Leicester, but is not normally present in Merinos. Short (1958) presented convincing evidence of autosomal dominant inheritance of this trait in Merinos. Several independent occurrences of very similar mutations in Border Leicester-Romney crosses and in Romney flocks in New Zealand were reported by Blair (1990). Lustrous wool is very similar to, and could be the same as, silky wool (see entry for Silky wool).

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2005). OMIA:000610-9940: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


Note: the references are listed in reverse chronological order (from the most recent year to the earliest year), and alphabetically by first author within a year.

2009 Li, SW., Ouyang, HS., Rogers, GE., Bawden, CS. :
Characterization of the structural and molecular defects in fibres and follicles of the Merino felting lustre mutant. Exp Dermatol 18:134-42, 2009. Pubmed reference: 18637126. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0625.2008.00774.x.
1990 Blair, H.T. :
Inheritance of a Major Gene for Excessively Lustrous Wool in Sheep Journal of Heredity 81:220-222, 1990.
1967 McGuirk, B.J., Short, B.F. :
The "Lustre" mutation in Merino sheep Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture and Animal Husbandry 7:296-303, 1967.
1960 Chapman, R.E., Short, B.F., Hyland, P.G. :
Abnormal crimping in Merino and Polwarth wools Nature 187:960-961, 1960.
1958 Short, B.F. :
A dominant felting lustre mutant fleece type in the Australian Merino sheep Nature 181:1414-1415, 1958. Pubmed reference: 13552690.

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