Signals of vitellogenesis and estrus in female hawksbill turtles.

@article{Kawazu2015SignalsOV,
  title={Signals of vitellogenesis and estrus in female hawksbill turtles.},
  author={Isao Kawazu and Masakatsu Kino and Makio Yanagisawa and Konomi Maeda and Ken Ichi Nakada and Yoshitaka Yamaguchi and Yutaka Sawamukai},
  journal={Zoological science},
  year={2015},
  volume={32 1},
  pages={
          114-8
        }
}
This study reports a viable means of identifying the vitellogenic cycle and limited estrus period in hawksbill turtles for the purposes of developing captive breeding program, based on the combination of blood metabolite parameters (triglyceride, total protein, and calcium levels), feeding status, and ovary condition. Follicle size of two focal captive females showed clear seasonal changes, with major development occurring between March and May (19.0-24.4 mm), and exceeding 25 mm between June… CONTINUE READING
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