Reproduction and fertility in the mink (Mustela vison)

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Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-6512, USA

Page Introduction 413 The hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal 414 The hypothalamic–pituitary unit 414 Anatomy 414 Secretion of hormones 414 The pineal gland 416 Anatomy and secretion of hormones 416 Reproductive biology of the female 416 Oogenesis and ovulation 416 The phenomenon of delayed implantation 419 Fertilization, gestation and parturition 421 Other studies on the reproductive biology of the female 422 Reproductive biology of the male 422 Testicular development and spermatogenesis 422 Photoperiodic regulation of male reproduction 425 Other aspects of male reproductive biology 426 Reproductive problems in the female 427 Reproductive problems in the male 429 References 431

Keywords: mink; reproduction; fertility; seasonal breeder; review


The mink (Mustela vison) is a seasonally breeding, semi-aquatic animal belonging to the mammalian order Carnivora. It is not a traditional laboratory animal, but nevertheless of great importance because it is


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