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Annual changes in testicular size and serum and fecal testosterone concentrations in male bharals, Pseudois nayaur.

Authors
  • Kusuda, Satoshi
  • Nagami, Hirotada
  • Kusunoki, Hiroshi
  • Nishikaku, Tomoya
  • Nakagawa, Daisuke
  • Takida, Toyoharu
  • Kurita, Daisuke
  • Uemichi, Koji
  • Fukai, Masaki
  • Kubota, Hiroshi
  • Ueda, Kaoru
  • Ooe, Tomoko
  • Okuda, Kazuo
  • Ueda, Kayoko
  • Doi, Osamu
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of veterinary medical science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2006
Volume
68
Issue
10
Pages
1093–1095
Identifiers
PMID: 17085889
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The serum and fecal testosterone (T) concentrations and testicular sizes of two male bharals (Pseudois nayaur) were determined for approximately one year. The profiles of the fecal T concentrations showed a similar tendency as the profiles of serum T concentrations, and there was a significant correlation between serum and fecal T concentrations (r=0.72). T concentrations rose drastically in October and decreased gradually until January. The maximum testicular size was observed between November and January. Semen collected between December and January was excellent in quality and comparable to domestic sheep and goats. The active periods of the testes were synchronized with the early breeding season of females.

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