Influence of LHRHa and methyltestosterone on milt production of sea bass Lates calcarifer (Bloch)
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Milt volume, sperm density, and number of spermatozoa were determined to quantify milt production of mature sea bass after a single injection of LHRHa [(D-Ala6,Pro9-N-ethylamiide)LHRH] in saline solution and 17α-methyltestosterone in corn oil (MT). Two measures of sperm density, sperm count and spermatocrit, were highly correlated (r=0.85). Compared with control, milt volume and the number of spermatozoa collected increased but sperm count decreased (24% at 24 h) after a LHRHa (20 µg/kg body weight treatment, suggesting a stimulation of spermatozoa production and not merely milt dilution. Further milt dilution (44%) was induced by 80 µg/kg LHRHa (LHRHa80) at 12 h post-treatment but not by 200 µg/kg MT (MT200) alone. A milt dilution of only 27% at 12 h after simultaneous injections of LHRHa80 and MT200 may indicate some inhibitory effect of MT on the efficiency of LHRHa. These results demonstrate that the stimulation of milt production by LHRHa involves testicular hydration resulting in milt dilution.
Hilomen-Garcia, G. V., Baldevarona, R. B., & Lacanilao, F. J. (1996). Influence of LHRHa and methyltestosterone on milt production of sea bass Lates calcarifer (Bloch). In C. L. Marte, G. F. Quinitio, & A. C. Emata (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seminar-Workshop on Breeding and Seed Production of Cultured Finfishes in the Philippines, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 4-5 May 1993 (p. 108). Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines: SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department.