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Title: Ultrasonographic imaging of the testis and epididymis of the bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus aduncas
Authors: Brook, FM
Kinoshita, R
Brown, B
Metreweli, C
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Bioscientifica
Source: Journal of reproduction and fertility, 2000, v. 119, no. 2, p. 233-240 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of reproduction and fertility
Abstract: Eight male bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus aduncas, underwent examination of the reproductive organs to investigate the use of real-time B-mode ultrasonography in assessment of reproductive status and to establish normal ultrasonographic appearances. Ultrasonography allowed repeatable examinations which were well tolerated by all animals. Ultrasonography was used to examine the testes, epididymides, vasa deferentia, penis, bulbourethral and bulbocavernosal muscles; the prostate was not convincingly distinguished from surrounding muscles. Testicular echopatterns and size differed among individuals. Three distinct testicular echopatterns were discerned and could be used to differentiate males of different reproductive status. Ultrasonographic appearance of the testes provides useful data in assessing the reproductive status of male dolphins.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/34830
ISSN: 1470-1626 (print)
1741-7899 (online)
DOI: 10.1530/jrf.0.1190233
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