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Reproduction in male marsupials

  • B. P. Setchell
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For as long as marsupials have been known, the female has always excited more scientific interest than the male, and many of the early accounts of marsupials concerned themselves only with the female (see Hartmann, 1952). Nevertheless, the male marsupial has many features of interest and there is an extensive literature dating back to Cowper (1704). In this review I have endeavoured to describe aspects of reproductive physiology of the male marsupial where some advances have been made recently or where the situation in the marsupial is of particular interest. Structure of the mature spermatozoa, anatomy of the penis and seasonal patterns of reproduction have not been included.

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