Table 3.

Proportions of individual limb segment length relative to total limb length

Relative lengthDomestic (4)Serval (2)Ocelot (2)Lynx (1)Leopard (1)Cheetah (3)Cougar (3)Lion (3)Tiger (5)
Forelimb segment (% forelimb length)
    Humerus36.8±1.033.3±4.133.3±2.035.434.434.0±1.335.5±0.337.4±0.536.4±0.5
    Radius34.2±0.334.5±2.538.2±0.533.337.638.8±1.234.9±0.734.9±1.133.6±1.6
    Metacarpal14.6±0.318.9±2.514.6±0.717.316.015.0±0.714.6±1.215.0±0.416.0±1.3
    Phalanges14.1.±0.713.3±0.714.0±0.714.012.012.2±0.315.1±0.212.8±0.613.8±0.8
Hindlimb segment (% hindlimb length)
    Femur34.7±1.032.8±0.833.8±0.433.131.531.7±0.735.8±0.436.4±0.934.2±0.8
    Tibia32.4±1.334.9±1.033.8±0.435.937.738.0±0.936.7±0.837.3±0.638.2±0.5
    Metatarsal22.1±0.321.1±0.819.3±0.418.419.419.2±0.516.9±0.316.7±0.417.3±0.4
    Phalange10.5±0.311.2±1.09.9±0.412.611.411.1±0.510.7±0.59.7±0.39.9±0.7
  • Values are means ± s.e.m. Number of individuals measured is indicated parenthetically beneath each species.