Measurement of the fat depth adjacent to the xiphoid process is described for mule deer. The index was determined sensitive to changes in physical condition of hunter-harvested mule deer.
Austin, Dennis D.
"Fat depth at the xiphoid process—a rapid index to deer condition,"
Great Basin Naturalist: Vol. 44
, Article 23.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/gbn/vol44/iss1/23