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The Vertebrate Trait Ontology (VT) is being developed as a collaborative effort between the Rat Genome Database at the Medical College of Wisconsin (RGD,, Mouse Genome Informatics at the Jackson Laboratory ( and the Animal QTL database at Iowa State University ( For more information about this vocabulary, or to request additions or changes, please contact us (

Term:organism subdivision trait
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Accession:VT:0100003 term browser browse the term
Definition:Any measurable or observable characteristic of an anatomical structure which is a subpart of the whole organism; the mereological sum of these is the whole organism.
Synonyms:xref: TAO:0001308

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coat/hair pigmentation trait term browser
Symbol Object Name Evidence Notes Source PubMed Reference(s) RGD Reference(s) Position
G ASIP agouti signaling protein ISO Coat colour, saddle tan vs black-and-tan
Coat colour, agouti
OMIA PMID:8202545 PMID:12692166 PMID:15520882 PMID:15965787 PMID:17630272 More... NCBI chr20:30,583,038...30,592,726
Ensembl chr20:31,718,169...31,727,217
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G DEFB103A defensin beta 103A ISO Coat colour, dominant black OMIA PMID:12692166 PMID:15649147 PMID:17483404 PMID:17947548 PMID:19197024 More... NCBI chr 8:11,075,686...11,077,616 JBrowse link
G PMEL premelanosome protein ISO Coat colour, merle OMIA PMID:330141 PMID:340189 PMID:418699 PMID:3099512 PMID:3998446 More... NCBI chr12:32,946,951...32,958,205
Ensembl chr12:33,196,040...33,207,610
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G PSMB7 proteasome 20S subunit beta 7 ISO Coat colour, harlequin OMIA PMID:3270445 PMID:3998446 PMID:18513894 PMID:21256207 PMID:31658272 More... NCBI chr 9:95,475,378...95,540,314
Ensembl chr 9:123,995,678...124,057,483
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  vertebrate trait 5
    organism subdivision trait 4
      head and neck integrity trait 0
      head trait + 0
      hip width 0
      rump trait + 0
      surface structure trait + 4
      thorax trait + 0
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