oa African Zoology - Reproduction in the Cape horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus capensis) from South Africa

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Structure of the reproductive organs and the processes of spermatogenesis and follicular development are. Described and are�similar to those descriptionbed for other members of the genus Rhinolophus. The reproductive cycle of the Cape horseshoe bat is characterized by spermatogenesis between October and May (spring to autumn) with sperm released to the cauda epididymis in April and May. At this time the females are in oestrus or submaximal oestrus but copulation and ovulation are delayed until August and September (the end of winter hibernation). Between May and September spermatozoa are stored in the cauda epididymis where they show no positive association with the epididymal epithelium. Parturition occurs in November and December after a three to four month gestation.

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