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Long, slender mammals with short legs and partially webbed toes. These carnivores are prized for their luxurious fur. They have adapted well to ranch-rearing, although they have not become tame. Skins from ranch-reared mink are the single most important source of pelts for the fur industry. There are at least three loci controlling coat pigmentation, and mutations of these genes produce color variations, some of which are popular commercially. See Aleutian mink, Mustella.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

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