Reproductive profiles of adult Mongolian gerbils gestated as the sole fetus in a uterine horn Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We compared reproductive profiles of Mongolian gerbils gestated alone in a uterine horn (Isolate males and Isolate females) with those of gerbils gestated in intrauterine positions between two male fetuses (2M males and 2M females) and two female fetuses (2F males and 2F females). We found that, when adult, the reproductive profiles of gerbils that had been gestated as isolates resembled that of gerbils that had been gestated as 2F fetuses: 1. Isolate females gestated litters containing both the same proportion of males as the litters of 2F females and a significantly smaller proportion of males than litters of 2M females. 2. Isolate males, like 2F males, were less likely to impregnate females than were 2M males, and 3. both 2F males and isolate males exhibited disturbed patterns of copulation and reduced levels of scent-marking relative to 2M males. Our results were entirely consistent with the view that intrauterine exposure to males, but not to females, was responsible for previously described differences in the reproductive profiles of 2M and 2F Mongolian gerbils.

publication date

  • January 1997