OMIA:001012-9913 : Tongue-wagging in Bos taurus (taurine cattle)

Categories: Behaviour / neurological phene

Mendelian trait/disorder: unknown

Considered a defect: yes

Species-specific name: Tongue play, Tongue rolling

Species-specific description: Abnormal obsessive-compulsive behavior reported in German cattle as 'Zungenschlagen' [tongue wagging] or 'Zungenspielen' [tongue play] which can lead in extreme cases to malnutrition. Nutritional deficiencies and sub-optimal husbandry conditions are considered to contribute to aetiology and a genetic predisposition has been discussed by Bauer (1955).

Breeds: Brown Swiss (Cattle) (VBO_0000166), Fleckvieh-Simmental, Germany (Cattle) (VBO_0002354).
Breeds in which the phene has been documented. (If a likely causal variant has been documented for the phene, see the variant table breeds in which the variant has been reported).

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2022). OMIA:001012-9913: 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.

2022 Binev, R. :
Tongue rolling stereotypy in cattle - etiological, epidemiological and clinical investigations. Bulgarian Journal of Veterinary Medicine 25:80-88, 2022. DOI: DOI: 10.15547/bjvm.2336.
1957 Riedi, F. :
Das Zungenschlagen als Währschaftsmangel. [Tongue-wagging as terms of guarantee in cattle dealing] Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde 99:537-541, 1957.
1955 Bauer, H. :
Das Zungenschlagen der Rinder als Erbfehler [Tongue-wagging in cattle as a hereditary defect] Deutsche tierärztliche Wochenschrift - Fortpflanzung, Zuchthygiene und Haustierbesamung 62:140-143, 1955.

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  • Created by Frank Nicholas on 06 Sep 2005
  • Changed by Frank Nicholas on 04 Nov 2011
  • Changed by Imke Tammen2 on 03 Nov 2022