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Seasonal variations in reproductive hormones of free-ranging echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus): interaction between reproduction and hibernation

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Nicol, SC and Andersen, NA and Jones, SM (2005) Seasonal variations in reproductive hormones of free-ranging echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus): interaction between reproduction and hibernation. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 144. pp. 204-210. ISSN ISSN: 0016-6480

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Abstract

We measured the reproductive steroids testosterone and progesterone in free-ranging adult echidnas over several years. For months other than June - August the mean progesterone concentration was 0.18 plus or minus 0.12 ng ml-1 (n=14), and all blood samples taken from active female echidnas in June - August had progesterone concentrations above 0.5 ng ml-1. The highest progesterone value measured was 13.4 ng ml-1 in a pregnant female several days before egg-laying. For months other than June - August the mean testosterone concentration was 0.09 plus or minus 0.05 ng ml-1 (n=13). During June - August all active sexually mature males had testosterone concentrations in excess of 0.2 ng ml-1 and were found in mating groups at some time during this period. The highest plasma testosterone concentration measured was 4.62 ng ml-1.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Monotreme, echidna, reproduction, testosterone, progesterone, hibernation
Journal or Publication Title: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Page Range: pp. 204-210
ISSN: ISSN: 0016-6480
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2005.05.013
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:13
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/748
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