Gonadal influences on sexual behavior in the male musk shrew (Suncus murinus).

@article{Rissman1987GonadalIO,
  title={Gonadal influences on sexual behavior in the male musk shrew (Suncus murinus).},
  author={Emilie F. Rissman},
  journal={Hormones and behavior},
  year={1987},
  volume={21 1},
  pages={132-6}
}
In this series of experiments the hormonal bases for male copulatory behavior in the musk shrew (Suncus murinus) were examined. Male musk shrews failed to show copulatory behavior after castration. Testosterone replacement fully reinstated sexual behavior. Males castrated at birth, and tested as adults after receiving testosterone implants, did not show male-typical sexual behavior. It appears that the gonads are essential for the regulation of male sexual behavior in this primitive mammal.