Relationship between body and testis temperatures in the European Hedgehog, Erinaceus-Europaeus, during hibernation and sexual reactivation

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Abstract

Simultaneous telemetry of the body and testis temperatures of 8 hedgehogs was carried out during hibernation and during sexual reactivation in spring. Between October and January, when the testes were involuted, the body/testis temperature differential was variable, with mean daily testis temperatures up to 1 degrees C warmer than body temperatures. From mid-February onwards, when plasma testosterone approached maximal concentrations, mean testicular temperatures stabilized 1.4 +/- 0.2 degrees C below body temperatures. During spermatogenesis testicular temperature of hedgehogs was significantly lower than body temperature. Over the euthermic body temperature range of 34.7-36.2 degrees C, testicular temperatures varied from 34.0 to 34.9 degrees C. Only at body temperatures over 36.2 degrees C did testicular temperature reach 35 degrees C. During spermatogenesis hedgehog testis temperatures are similar to those of many scrotal mammals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-573
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Reproduction and Fertility
Volume81
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1987

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