Journal article

Perturbed growth and development in marsupial young after reciprocal cross-fostering between species

Brandon R Menzies, Geoff Shaw, Terry P Fletcher, Marilyn B Renfree

REPRODUCTION FERTILITY AND DEVELOPMENT | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2007

Abstract

Cross-fostering of marsupial young between species can potentially facilitate propagation of endangered or rare marsupial species by artificially increasing the number of progeny produced. The present study compares the growth and development of normal and cross-fostered tammar and parma wallabies. Tammars cross-fostered into the pouches of parmas grew at a similar rate to naturally reared tammar young and had developmental milestones at a similar age. However, parma young cross-fostered between the day of birth and 15 days post-partum into tammars that were carrying young of equivalent developmental stages did not grow normally and were lost from the pouch. Parma young cross-fostered at 30 ..

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