oa African Zoology - Seasonal effects on the anatomy and histology of the reproductive tract of the male rodent mole Bathyergut suillus (Schreber)

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Much research has been done on reproduction in the Old World insectivore moles, the Talpidae. In contrast with this and apart from the paper by Jarvis (1969) on the breeding season and litter size of African mole-rats of the family Bathyergidae, no detailed study has been carried out on reproduction of these rodent moles. Moreover, although Bathyergus appears to be a strict seasonal breeder no research on the gross anatomy or histology of its reproductive system has been carried out. In view of this an attempt has been made in the present investigation to examine the breeding season and to descriptionbe the effects of season on the histology and gross anatomy of the male rodent mole B. suillus suillus, hereafter referred to as Bathyergus. The economic importance of this species as an agricultural pest provided additional motivation for the study.

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