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Seasonal variations in reproductive hormones of free-ranging echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus): interaction between reproduction and hibernation
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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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.
|Keywords:||Monotreme, echidna, reproduction, testosterone, progesterone, hibernation|
|Journal or Publication Title:||General and Comparative Endocrinology|
|Page Range:||pp. 204-210|
|Identification Number - DOI:||10.1016/j.ygcen.2005.05.013|
|Date Deposited:||16 Feb 2007|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 03:13|
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