publication . Article . 2010

Ovarian Follicular Dynamics During the Luteinizing Hormone Surge in the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Muraco, Holley; Clough, Pat; Teets, Valerie; Arn, Dennis; Muraco, Mike;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: Algeria
Characterizing the relationship between ovarian follicular dynamics and the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) requires detailed daily monitoring due to the transitory nature of LH and ovulation. Utilizing conditioned dolphins and non-invasive sampling techniques, such as urine collection and trans-abdominal ultrasound exams, provides the means to accurately monitor these fleeting processes. Urine samples and ultrasound exams used in this study were originally performed for the purposes of artificial insemination and controlled natural breeding. The LH surge was identified by a rapid immunochromatographic assay (ICG), a...
free text keywords: International Journal of Comparative Psychology, Behavior, Behaviour, Communication, Vocalization, Learning, Behavioral Taxonomy, Cognition, Cognitive Processes, Intelligence, Hormone, Follicular dynamics, Ovulation, Marine mammal, Captivity, Cetacean
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