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Hibernation and Testis Activity in the Golden Hamster

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

A study of gonadal activity and hibernation in male golden hamsters showed that atrophy of the testes is not a prerequisite for the onset of hibernation. Reduced gonadal activity, however, seems to be essential for deep, extended lethargy.

Affiliations: 1: Anatomical-Embryological Laboratory, University of Amsterdam and Netherlands Central Institute for Brain Research, Amsterdam


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