Serum concentrations of steroid hormones during reproduction in the Atlantic stingray, Dasyatis sabina

Franklin F. Snelson, L. E L Rasmussen, Michael R. Johnson, David Hess

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    The Atlantic stingray, Dasyatis sabina, has a well-defined annual reproductive cycle in Florida. We collected adult specimens over 12 months and evaluated reproductive parameters and serum levels of five steroid hormones, 17β-estradiol (E2), progesterone (P4), testosterone (T), dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and corticosterone (CS). Female E2 peaked twice, once in mid-March to early April in association with ovulation and again in mid-June to mid-July in association with the enlargement of a second group of ovarian follicles. Female P4 peaked in early March and early April, coincident with the peak in E2. Female DHT was variable but exhibited a pattern not clearly associated with known events in the reproductive cycle. Female T and CS levels did not vary significantly through time. In males, T, DHT, and CS increased progressively through winter and spring, peaking in March when females were ovulating and when copulation probably took place. DHT concentrations were usually at least twice T levels. These three hormones peaked long after the November/December peak in gonadosomatic index. E2 was measurable in males and was highest during the period of testicular development. Male P4 varied in a pattern not clearly associated with known reproductive events.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)67-79
    Number of pages13
    JournalGeneral and Comparative Endocrinology
    Volume108
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 1997

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    Dasyatis sabina
    steroid hormones
    Dihydrotestosterone
    Reproduction
    Steroids
    Hormones
    corticosterone
    Corticosterone
    Serum
    testicular development
    Copulation
    Ovarian Follicle
    ovarian follicles
    gonadosomatic index
    Ovulation
    copulation
    testosterone
    Progesterone
    ovulation
    Testosterone

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    Serum concentrations of steroid hormones during reproduction in the Atlantic stingray, Dasyatis sabina. / Snelson, Franklin F.; Rasmussen, L. E L; Johnson, Michael R.; Hess, David.

    In: General and Comparative Endocrinology, Vol. 108, No. 1, 10.1997, p. 67-79.

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    Snelson, Franklin F. ; Rasmussen, L. E L ; Johnson, Michael R. ; Hess, David. / Serum concentrations of steroid hormones during reproduction in the Atlantic stingray, Dasyatis sabina. In: General and Comparative Endocrinology. 1997 ; Vol. 108, No. 1. pp. 67-79.
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