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Genital and sperm characteristics of wild, free rangingred deer stags (Cervus elaphus L) hunted in different regions of Poland
Institute of Animal Breeding and Food Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Olsztyn, Poland.
Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Developmental Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5194-2124
2010 (English)In: Wildlife Biology in Practice, ISSN 1646-1509, E-ISSN 1646-2742, Vol. 6, no 2, 81-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In an attempt to establish reference values for sperm morphology in wild red deer, genital tracts were collected from thirty-six 3-11 years old free-ranging, wild red deer stags (Cervus elaphus L) shot down during 3 consecutive mating seasons (1996-1998) at three different environmental regions of Poland, defining two major ecotypes: (i) highland (outer eastern Carpathian range, Bieszczady mountains) and, (ii) lowland (Mazuria and Pomerania) and studied within 4.5h-49h after death for testis (T), epididymides (E) and vesicular gland (VG) variables. Spermatozoa collected from the E-cauda were examined for motility and morphology (light and electron microscopy levels). Both T size and weight and VS-weight differed with age (P<0.05-0.01) while habitat influenced T size and weight (P<0.01) a well as sperm motility (P<0.05). Neither sperm numbers nor morphology showed significant differences, mostly owing to

the large variation recorded among stags (range 1-72%). Domain-grouped sperm morphological deviations were <5%, the mean total proportion of abnormal spermatozoa ranging 7.2-17.5%. Although variation was present, the values ought to be used as reference for spermiogrammes.

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Braga, Portugal: Sociedade Portuguesa de Vida Selvagem,Portuguese Wildlife Society , 2010. Vol. 6, no 2, 81-94 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-65487DOI: 10.2461/wbp.2010.6.7ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79251644310OAI: diva2:396004
Available from: 2011-02-08 Created: 2011-02-08 Last updated: 2015-11-19Bibliographically approved

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