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Reproductive condition of Akodon montensis Thomas and Bolomys lasiurus (Lund) (Rodentia, Muridae) based on histological and histometric analyses of testes and external characteristics of gonads

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Couto, D. and Talamoni, S.A. 2004. Reproductive condition of Akodon montensis Thomas and Bolomys lasiurus (Lund) (Rodentia, Muridae) based on histological and histometric analyses of testes and external characteristics of gonads. — Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 86: 111–118

The reproductive activity of two species of wild rodents was studied in the Serra do Rola-Moça State Park (PERM), in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. From October 1998 to October 1999 specimens of Akodon montensis (Thomas 1913) were captured in an area of seasonal semi-deciduous forest, while specimens of Bolomys lasiurus (Lund 1840) were captured in a cerrado area (a savannah-like grassland). The determination of the reproductive condition was based on histological and histometric analyses of testes and external characteristics of gonads. The volume of the testes, diameter of the seminiferous tubules and depth of the seminiferous epithelium were measured. Akodon montensis showed a seasonal annual reproductive cycle divided into four stages (recrudescence, activity or proliferation, regression and rest) with the reproductive activity mainly occurring during the rainy season. In contrast, B. lasiurus presented reproductive activity during almost the whole year. For both species the volume of the testes was an effective indicator of their reproductive condition. We suggest that the histological and histometric analysis of the gonads of males, together with the observations of external characteristics of gonads of males and females, may assist in identifying the reproductive condition of these animals.

Keywords: Akodon montensis; Bolomys lasiurus; reproduction; rodent; testis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1463-6395.2005.00191.x

Affiliations: Postgraduate Programme in Vertebrate Zoology, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, 30535-610, Brazil

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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