Improving the productivity of breeding colonies of Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus).


Journal Article

The productivity of breeding colonies of Mongolian gerbils can be substantially enhanced by using as breeding stock only the 40% of females that exhibit vaginal opening before reaching 25 days of age. Early-maturing females are more likely to breed successfully on first pairing. The lifetime fecundity of early-maturing females is more than twice that of their late-maturing sisters. In those cases in which early-maturing females fail to breed with the first male with which they are paired, they (but not late-maturing females) can be mated with a second male with a high probability of success. Two-thirds of the early-maturing females that failed to reproduce following a first pairing became pregnant following a second. Only 11% of late-maturing females did so.

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Cited Authors

  • Clark, MM; Spencer, CA; Galef, BG

Published Date

  • October 1, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 313 - 315

PubMed ID

  • 3773437

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3773437

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1758-1117

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0023-6772

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1258/002367786780808730


  • eng