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Nancy G. Forger and I. Zucker

Summary. Male white-footed mice were maintained from birth in chambers equipped with latitudinal timers programmed to simulate the natural progression of daylengths at 42°N latitude. Mice were born into photoperiods starting on 1 April, 15 July, 15 September or 27 October. Testes and seminal vesicles of April- and July-born mice were mature at 60 days of age; puberty was delayed by several months in animals born into the September and October photoperiods but these mice became fecund at about 3·5 months of age, independent of current photoperiod. Therefore, increasing daylengths of late winter do not appear to synchronize the reproductive development of overwintering juveniles born at different times during the previous breeding season.