Conservation status FAO: critical[1]
Other names Asino di Pantelleria
Country of origin Italy
Distribution Pantelleria
Height Male: 125–140 cm
  Female: 125–140 cm[2]
MIPAAF Breed standard
Equus asinus

The Pantesco or Asino di Pantelleria is a breed of donkey from the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, south-west of Sicily.[3] It is at high risk of extinction[2] and was listed as "critical" by the FAO in 2007.[1] It is one of the eight autochthonous donkey breeds of limited distribution recognised by the Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali, the Italian ministry of agriculture and forestry.[4]


  1. 1 2 Barbara Rischkowsky, D. Pilling (eds.) (2007). List of breeds documented in the Global Databank for Animal Genetic Resources, annex to The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 9789251057629. Accessed May 2014.
  2. 1 2 Daniele Bigi, Alessio Zanon (2008). Atlante delle razze autoctone: Bovini, equini, ovicaprini, suini allevati in Italia (in Italian). Milan: Edagricole. ISBN 9788850652594. p. 166–67.
  3. Breed data sheet: Asino di Pantelleria, Pantesco / Italy. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed September 2013.
  4. Norme tecniche: Allegato 2 a D.M. 9742 del 7 maggio 2012 (in Italian). Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali. p. 21. Accessed September 2013.

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