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Semen evaluation in river terrapin (Batagur affinis).


Lee, Sook Yeng and Haron, Abd Wahid (2011) Semen evaluation in river terrapin (Batagur affinis). In: 6th Seminar on Veterinary Sciences, 11-14 Jan. 2011, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia. (p. 123).


The Batagur affinis or the southern river terrapin is one of the rarest chelonians in the world, found in the rivers of Malaysia. Over years the population of this species has decreased dramatically. Currently there are no data on the reproductive parameters and performance, to include semen collection and evaluation method, for these species. Therefore, this study documented the first-ever semen collection and evaluation in the freshwater turtle, the Batagur affinis. This study was conducted in December 2010 on 15 male river terrapins. Before electroejaculation, the Batagur affinis were sedated with Ketamine (5 mg/kg) IM and then restrained on a wooden stool. An electrical rectal probe was inserted into the cloaca and stimulated with 1-4 volts electrical stimuli in 5-6 cycles followed by manual stimulation. Semen samples were collected immediately after electrical stimuli and/or after manual stimulation. The results of semen evaluation showed that the average semen volume was 3.3 mL (range 0.85-7.45 mL). The seminal fluid was watery, clear, viscous and slimy to touch. An average sperm motility of 4% (range 0-24%) and average concentration of 2.3 million/mL were observed. The sperms had slightly curved narrow heads and the live sperm percentage was 59%. This study forms the basis for the development of a protocol for semen cryopreservation and artificial insemination in chelonians. The method should contribute to preservation of one of the world’s most critically endangered chelonians.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Keywords: River terrapin (Batagur affinis); Semen evaluation; Electroejaculation.
Depositing User: Azizan Arshad
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2014 07:37
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2014 07:37
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/27281
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