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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, in Tasmania

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

DOI: doi:10.2307/1566120

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 throughout 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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Physiology
Research Field:Comparative Physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Author:Edwards, A (Dr Ashley Edwards)
Author:Jones, SM (Professor Susan Jones)
ID Code:21970
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2002-06-04
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