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Journal of the South African Veterinary Association

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BHATTACHARYYA, H K et al. Changes in Mithun (Bos frontalis) spermatozoa during epididymal passage. J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. [online]. 2010, vol.81, n.2, pp. 80-81. ISSN 2224-9435.

Genital organs of 10 healthy, adult Mithun bulls (6-8 years old) that were slaughtered at the dwellings of tribal people for meat were collected. Immediately after collection, spermatozoa from 3 different regions of the epididymis, i.e. the head, body and tail, were obtained to study morphological changes of the spermatozoa during passage through these regions. The prevalence of proximal cytoplasmic droplets significantly decreased from the head to the tail of the epididymis. Conversely, the percentage of distal cytoplasmic droplets increased significantly from the head to the tail region. The incidence of tailless heads rose significantly from head to body and then reduced significantly in the tail region. The percentage of total head abnormalities did, however, not change markedly, but total mid-piece and tail abnormalities differed significantly between the three epididymal regions.

Keywords : epididymal passage; male reproduction; Mithun; sperm morphology.

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