thyroid hormones, testosterone, and estradiol-17 beta in plasma of epomops franqueti (tomes, 1860) (chiroptera) in the rain forest of the equator.using japanese catching nets a total of 77 males and 37 females of the fruit eating bat epomops franqueti (megachyroptera) were captured during a period of 1 year around kisangani (zaïre). adult males with white epaulets weighing 143 +/- 3.6 g (18) had their testes present in the scrotum and higher plasma concentrations of thyroxine (t4) and testosterone than adult males without epaulets and with abdominal testes (weight 107.5 +/- 2.0 g (39)) or juveniles (72.7 +/- 2.8 g (20)). mean embryo weigh ...19883360295
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