This study performed a histological and morphometric investigation of testes in Gallus gallus x Phasianus colchicus hybrids during the seasonal reproductive period of pheasants. The trial was conducted on seven 4-year old birds originated from the mating between New Hampshire
cocks and female common pheasants. After sacrifice, testes were removed, macroscopically evaluated and routinely processed for light microscopic investigations. Mean testis weight was 0.85 g and a great variability was observed between birds. Only one bird out of seven developed heavier testes
each weighing almost 3 g. Relative volume occupied by seminiferous tubules was 75%. Approximately 39 m of seminiferous tubules were found per testis and around 96 m per gram of testis. A high correlation was observed between the number of Sertoli cells and germ cells with testis weight. Seminiferous
epithelium comprised Sertoli cells and germ cells at different stages of development. Three birds presented tubules with a multilayered epithelium and germ cells developed until the stage of round spermatids. Surprisingly, one bird presented some elongated forms as well.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-02-01
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