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    Abstract - Issue Apr 2007, 28 (2)                                     Back


Role of cortisol on condition factor in the female freshwater fish, Notopterus notopterus during four reproductive phases


D.S. Shankar*, S. Sudarashan and R.S. Kulkarni

Department of Zoology, Fish Endocrinology Research Unit, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga - 585 106, India

(Received: April 24, 2005 ; Revised received: September 16, 2005 ; Accepted: October 17, 2005)

Abstract: The condition of the female fish, Notopterus notopterus was studied during four phases of the reproductive cycle in control and after cortisol hormone treatment. The condition of the fish including condition factor (K) and somatic condition factor (Ks) was determined based on weight of the body, length of the fish and gonad weight. In control fish the condition of the fish improve during prespawning phase compared to other phases. The hormone cortisol level estimated by radioimmunoassay (RIA) technique was found to be increased in preparatory and decreased during prespawning phase,? may be because of the hormone involvement in metabolic activity, vitellogenesis. In cortisol treatment, the condition of the fish decrease during prespawning phase, compared to other phase may be because of extra expenditure of energy for progressing reproductive activity such as vitellogenesis.

Key words: Notopterus notopterus, Cortisol, Condition factor, Vitellogenesis


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