metric character

metric character

a quantitative character, such as human height, in which there is a continuous spread of variability Such characters are controlled by a system of POLYGENIC INHERITANCE.
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Heritability of metric characters is of great significance to the breeders as its magnitude indicates the accuracy with which a genotype can be recognized by its phenotypic expression and determines the generation in which selection can be profitable.
Metric characters of fishes were measured by using compass and ruler, and meristic characters were determined under binocular microscope and magnifier.
Determining of metric characters for Barbus species and supspecies are shown in Figure 2.