Effects of female urine on growth and sexual maturation in male rabbits

Bell, Diana J. and Mitchell, Susan (1984) Effects of female urine on growth and sexual maturation in male rabbits. Journal of Reproduction and Fertility, 71 (1). pp. 155-160. ISSN 0022-4251

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Urine of adult males or adult females, or distilled water (control), was applied to the oro-nasal grooves of Dutch-belted male rabbits after weaning. The body and testicular weights of males treated with urine of females were significantly less than those of controls between 88 and 125, and 96 and 109 days, respectively. Sperm counts and the pattern of androgen-dependent production of gel-plugs in semen also differed significantly between treatments during the critical maturation period. These suppressant effects of urine of females on male development in rabbits may represent a mechanism by which females may manipulate the reproductive success of neighbouring conspecifics in free-living colonies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: animal,body weight,female,growth,male,organ weight,rabbits,semen,sex maturation,sperm count,sperm motility,spermatozoa,support,non-us govt,testis,time factors,urine
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Organisms and the Environment
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Water Security Research Centre
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 08:54
Last Modified: 18 May 2023 00:14
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/53036
DOI: 10.1530/jrf.0.0710155

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