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Transabdominal migration of ova in some freshwater turtles

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The phenomenon of transabdominal migration of ova is fairly common in all three fresh water turtles,Lissemys punctata punctata (70%),Kachuga tectum tectum (4%) andK. smithi (73%), studied for the present work. Individuals ofLissemys punetata punctata, Kachuga smithi, showed higher frequency of ovular migration in smaller individuals. It is suggested that a better weight balance is possibly achieved by ovular migration in these aquatic reptiles.

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Duda, P.L., Gupta, V.K. Transabdominal migration of ova in some freshwater turtles. Proc Ani Sci 91, 189–197 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03186126

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  • Lissemys punctata punctata
  • Kachuga tectum tectum
  • Kachuga smithi
  • transabdominal
  • ovaries
  • corpus luteum
  • ova
  • oviduct
  • ovulation