Effects of female urine on growth and sexual maturation in male rabbits

Diana J. Bell, Susan Mitchell

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Urine of adult males or adult females, or distilled water (control), was applied to the oro-nasal grooves of Dutch-belted male rabbits after weaning. The body and testicular weights of males treated with urine of females were significantly less than those of controls between 88 and 125, and 96 and 109 days, respectively. Sperm counts and the pattern of androgen-dependent production of gel-plugs in semen also differed significantly between treatments during the critical maturation period. These suppressant effects of urine of females on male development in rabbits may represent a mechanism by which females may manipulate the reproductive success of neighbouring conspecifics in free-living colonies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-160
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Reproduction and Fertility
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1984


  • Animal
  • Body Weight
  • Female
  • Growth
  • Male
  • Organ Weight
  • Rabbits
  • Semen
  • Sex Maturation
  • Sperm Count
  • Sperm Motility
  • Spermatozoa
  • Support
  • Non-US Govt
  • Testis
  • Time Factors
  • Urine

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