THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIAL STATUS AND REPRODUCTIVE ACTIVITY IN MALE IMPALA, AEPYCEROS MELAMPUS

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The reproductive activity of territorial and bachelor impala was compared. Mean bulbourethral gland weights and plasma testosterone levels were significantly higher in territorial males and were approximately twice that observed in bachelor males. The other parameters measured were similar in both social classes. The high testosterone levels in territorial males were probably a result of their territorial status and consequent sexual activity rather than a cause of it.

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    Society for Reproduction and Fertility

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