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Changes in Plasma Testosterone, Estrogen and Progesterone Concentrations Throughout the Annual Reproductive Cycle in Male Viviparous Blue-tongued Skinks, Tiliqua nigrolutea, (Scincidae), in Tasmania

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Edwards, A and Jones, SM (2001) Changes in Plasma Testosterone, Estrogen and Progesterone Concentrations Throughout the Annual Reproductive Cycle in Male Viviparous Blue-tongued Skinks, Tiliqua nigrolutea, (Scincidae), in Tasmania. Journal of Herpetology, 35 (2). pp. 293-299. ISSN 0022-1511

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Abstract

Few published studies have detailed comprehensively the correlations between plasma steroid hormone peaks and the timing of reproductive events in male squamate reptiles. We examined the patterns of plasma testosterone (T), estrogen (E) and progesterone (P4) concentrations in males of the viviparous blue-tongued skink, Tiliqua nigrolutea, throughout the annual cycle. Plasma T concentrations varied through the annual cycle, peaking at 10.9 * 3.00 ng ml-1 during spermiogenesis, coincident with agonistic male-male interactions, but falling prior to the mating period. Mean plasma T concentrations were basal (2 - 3 ng ml-1) during reproductive quiescence. Mean plasma E concentrations were significantly elevated (778.0 * 120.00 pg ml-1) during the mating period, but basal (<300 pg ml-1) both before and after mating. Mean plasma P4 concentrations peaked during the mating period (1.1 * 0.17 ng ml-1) and declined significantly after mating. We propose a potential role for E and P4 in the stimulation of male reproductive behavior during the mating period.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: estrogen, progesterone, reproduction, skink, testosterone, testis, Tiliqua nigrolutea
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Herpetology
Page Range: pp. 293-299
ISSN: 0022-1511
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:12
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/625
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