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Table 1 Morphological features of filiform papillae from indicine cattle (Nelore breed) and taurine cattle (Holstein and Brown Swiss breeds). Means (± standard error) and P values for length, base width, distances between bases and between tips (all measurements in mm), number of papillae per cm2 and mean number of ticks

From: Length and density of filiform tongue papillae: differences between tick-susceptible and resistant cattle may affect tick loads

Breed Length Base width Distance between bases Distance between apices No of papillae/cm2 No of female ticks ≥ 4 mm
Nelore 2.275 (0.029) 0.625 (0.011) 0.457 (0.014) 0.974 (0.025) 25.22 (1.92) 104.5 (31.22)
Holstein and Swiss Brown 1.789 (0.027) 0.620 (0.009) 0.652 (0.016) 1.326 (0.027) 20.90 (0.74) 515.6 (58.96)
P > F <0.001 0.722 < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.05 < 0.001