oa Agroanimalia - The sexual cycle in the blesbok ram Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0302-7104



Thirty mature blesbok rams were shot at intervals over one year. The morphology and histology of the reproductive organs showed a distinct cycle, reaching a peak at the rut in April and declining to minimal values in October. Androgen secretion, as determined by fructose and citric acid concentration in the accessory glands, never ceased and neither did spermatogenesis, although both declined significantly (P < 0,01) after the rut.

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