Journal article

Reproduction in male swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor): puberty and the effects of season

Justyna Zofia Paplinska, Richard LC Moyle, Nigel G Wreford, Peter DM Temple-Smith, Marilyn B Renfree

JOURNAL OF ANATOMY | WILEY | Published : 2007


This study describes pubertal changes in testes and epididymides and seasonal changes in the adult male reproductive organs and plasma androgen concentrations of the swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor). Pre-pubescent males had testes with solid seminiferous cords and spermatogenesis only to the stage of gonocytes. Their epididymides had empty lumina along their entire length. The testes of three males undergoing puberty had some lumen formation and mitotic activity. Their epididymides were similar in appearance to those of adult males but were entirely devoid of any cells within the lumen of the duct. Three other pubescent males showed full lumen formation in the testes and spermatogenesis up t..

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