Pattern of ovulation in an ancient, solitary mole-rat lineage : Heliophobius argenteocinereus emini from Tanzania

Show simple item record Katandukila, Jestina V. Ngalameno, Mungo K. Mgode, Georgies Frank Bastos, Armanda D.S. Bennett, Nigel C., 1961- 2017-11-15T06:18:36Z 2017-11-15T06:18:36Z 2017-10
dc.description.abstract The genus Heliophobius Peters, 1846 is an ancient subterranean rodent lineage within the family Bathyergidae that displays seasonal breeding over a broad geographical range. In East Africa, reproduction in these solitary mole-rats has been shown to coincide with the long rains, but it is not clear whether the silvery mole-rat subspecies Heliophobius argenteocinereus emini Noack, 1894 from Tanzania is an induced or spontaneous ovulator. To address this, urinary progesterone was measured every second day over a period of 132 days in six wild-caught females subjected to three sequential experimental treatments. In the first, control (C) treatment, females were housed singly for a period of 44 days, following which nonphysical contact (NPC) with a vasectomised male and then physical contact (PC) with the same vasectomised male occurred in each of the subsequent 44-day treatments. Noninvasive monitoring of ovarian cyclicity confirmed that mean urinary progesterone concentration was higher during PC than during either NPC or C, despite the fact that the males were vasectomised and incapable of fertilising the females. Examination of penile morphology revealed that males possess epidermal projections on the glans penis, which probably bring about cervical stimulation during coitus. These findings together with the female progesterone profiles imply the species is an induced ovulator stimulated by penile intromission. en_ZA
dc.description.department Mammal Research Institute en_ZA
dc.description.department Zoology and Entomology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2017 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The University of Pretoria (International UP Funds). The South African Research Chair of Mammal Behavioural Ecology and Physiology from the DST-NRF to N.C.B. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Katandukila, J.V., Ngalameno, M.K., Mgode, G.F., Bastos, A.D.S. & Bennett, N.C. 2017, 'Pattern of ovulation in an ancient, solitary mole-rat lineage: Heliophobius argenteocinereus emini from Tanzania', Canadian Journal of Zoology, vol. 95, no. 10, pp. 737-743. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0008-4301 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1480-3283 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1139/cjz-2016-0292
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher NRC Research Press en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017, Canadian Science Publishing. All rights reserved. en_ZA
dc.subject Coitus en_ZA
dc.subject Heliophobius en_ZA
dc.subject Ovulation en_ZA
dc.subject Penile spines en_ZA
dc.subject Bathyergidae en_ZA
dc.subject Glans en_ZA
dc.subject Heliophobius argenteocinereus en_ZA
dc.subject Rattus en_ZA
dc.subject Rodentia en_ZA
dc.subject Progesterone en_ZA
dc.title Pattern of ovulation in an ancient, solitary mole-rat lineage : Heliophobius argenteocinereus emini from Tanzania en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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