Semen collection by electroejaculation in Azara´s agouti (Dasyprocta azarae)

Antonio C. Martinez Fabrício S. Oliveira Cassiana O. Abreu Leandro L. Martins Ana P. Pauloni Nei Moreira About the authors

Agoutis are animals that live in South and Central America, present rearing potential and call increasing scientific interest. The aim of this paper was to establish a model for semen collection by electroejaculation in Azara´s agouti (Dasyprocta azarae). Anesthetized adult males (n=4) were submitted to four series of 20 electroejaculatory stimuli, during 3 seconds each and with 2, 4, 6 and 8 volts, with a 2 minutes rest among series. Semen collection was accomplished in every animal, with partial penis erection at 2 volts, makeable erection at 4 volts, ejaculation at 6 volts, glans and penis spines exposition at 8 volts, and sperm collected in all samples. The described technique for Azara's agouti semen collection was efficient.

Reproduction; semen; Dasyprocta azarae; agouti; electroejaculation

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