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International Journal of Morphology

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ALI ABDULLAHI, Ibrahim; AL-HASSAN MUSA, Hassan  and  JIBRIL, Aliyu. Scrotal Circumference and Testicular Morphometric Characteristics of the Camel (Camelus Dromedarius) in the Semi-Arid Environment of Northern Nigeria. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2012, vol.30, n.4, pp.1369-1372. ISSN 0717-9502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022012000400019.

Reproductive tract of 12 camels (Camelus dromedarius) were used to evaluate testicular morphometry. The testicular morphometric characteristics measured were scrotal circumference (in situ), paired testis weight, epididymal weight and mean epididymal length, testis volume, and testis density. There were no significant difference (p >0.05) between the left and right organs, but there were numerical differences between all the parameters. A highly significant positive correlations (p <0.05, p <0.01, p <0.001) exist between the scrotal circumference, testicular and epididymal morphometry, except for testis density which is non- significant (p >0.05). It was concluded that testicular morphometry would provide reliable information in predicting sperm production of camels in the semi arid environment.

Keywords : Camels; Scrotal circumference; Testicular morphometry; Epididymis; Semi-arid.

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