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Masculinization of African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) Treated with Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)

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Title: Masculinization of African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) Treated with Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)
Authors: Turan, Funda
Cek, Sehriban
Keywords: African catfish, Clarias gariepinus, Tribulus terrestris, sex reversal, histology, growth
LC Subject Headings: Fish culture--Israel--Periodicals.
Fish culture--Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - BAMIGDEH
Citation: Turan, F., & Cek, S. (2007). Masculinization of African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) Treated with Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris). The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh, 59(4), 224-229.
Series/Report no.: The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh
Abstract: The present paper describes the effects of Tribulus terrestris, a masculinization agent, on the sex reversal of African catfish, Clarias gariepinus. One-day-old hatchlings were immersed in water containing an extract of T. terrestris at a rate of 0, 3, 6, or 9 g/30 l water for 30 days. The 9 g treatment resulted in 80.42% male populations. Morphological and histological examinations of the gonads in all groups revealed no intersex fish. Histological examination of fish treated with T. terrestris revealed no damage to the testes or ovaries. Despite differences in sex ratio, growth rate, ovaries, and testes, fish treated with T. terrestris were histologically similar to fish from the control groups. Survival ranged from 72% in the 3 g group to 80% in the 9 g during treatment and did not significantly differ from the control (p>0.05). The best growth was obtained in the 9 g treatment.
Pages/Duration: 6 pages
ISSN: 0792-156X
Appears in Collections:IJA Volume 59, Issue 4, 2007

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