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Determination of maturity in male hawksbill turtle Eretmochelys imbricata in captivity based on tail elongation and plasma testosterone level


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タイトル: Determination of maturity in male hawksbill turtle Eretmochelys imbricata in captivity based on tail elongation and plasma testosterone level
著者: Kobayashi, Masato / Shimizu, Tomohito / Okuzawa, Koichi / Soyano, Kiyoshi / Yoseda, Kenzo
発行日: 2010年 9月
出版者: The Japanese Society of Fisheries Science / 日本水産学会
引用: Fisheries Science, 76(5), pp.777-784; 2010
抄録: To determine the sexual maturity of fourteen male wild-caught hawksbill turtles [straight carapace length (SCL) range 63-79 cm] held in captivity, we investigated their hormone levels in blood and morphological characteristics. Male turtles were divided into two groups: five individuals showing mating behavior (group A) and nine individuals not showing mating behavior (group B). Then, seasonal changes of plasma testosterone of both groups were studied. We also tried to determine male maturity based on tail elongation (TE) index, i. e., the ratio of tail length (TL) to SCL. Plasma testosterone level of group A gradually increased during premating and then sharply declined to low levels between mating and postmating seasons. In contrast, that of group B remained low during the experimental periods. The distinct seasonal changes of plasma testosterone levels of groups A and B correlated with their maturity. Furthermore, males were clearly divided into mature and immature based on TE values >0.35 and <0.33, respectively, corresponding to results based on plasma testosterone levels. Our results indicate that TE can be used more conveniently and accurately to determine maturity of male hawksbill turtles in captivity.
キーワード: Hawksbill turtle / Reproductive cycle / Secondary sexual characteristic / Tail elongation / Testosterone
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/25921
ISSN: 09199268
DOI: 10.1007/s12562-010-0283-x
権利: © 2010 The Japanese Society of Fisheries Science.
資料タイプ: Journal Article
原稿種類: author
出現コレクション:080 学術雑誌論文

引用URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/25921

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