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Annual reproductive cycle and annual cycles of reproductive hormones in plasma of female Niveoscincus metallicus (Scincidae) from Tasmania

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Jones, SM and Swain, R, Annual reproductive cycle and annual cycles of reproductive hormones in plasma of female Niveoscincus metallicus (Scincidae) from Tasmania, Journal of Herpetology, 30, (2) pp. 140-146. ISSN 0022-1511 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2307/1565504

Abstract

Niveoscincus metallicus is a small viviparous skink common in Tasmania. We describe the annual reproductive cycle of female N. metallicus and relate this to changes in plasma levels of progesterone and estradiol. Vitellogenesis begins in autumn (March), with first matings in April, prior to entering winter torpor. Ovulation occurs in mid-September about two weeks after spring emergence. Size adjusted atresia of vitellogenic follicles was 8% in the population studied. No loss of embryos in utero was observed and young are born in January. Plasma estradiol levels are significantly elevated during the preovulatory phase. Progesterone concentrations are low through most of the year but rise during gestation and are highest during the second trimester, declining well before parturition.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Zoology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Author:Jones, SM (Professor Susan Jones)
Author:Swain, R (Dr Roy Swain)
ID Code:8851
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2014-04-17
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