Pregnancy and ovulation rates in Grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) on the British coast

I. L. Boyd*

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This study determined the pregnancy and ovulation rates in two stocks of Grey seals from Britain and described changes in pregnancy and ovulation rate with age. Seals sampled from the Hebrides during August 1978 and from the Fame Islands between March 1979 and October 1981 were used. Adult female pregnancy rate in the stock from the Fame Islands was estimated to be 94–29%, compared with 82–95% for seals from the Hebrides. These values were not significantly different. Pregnancy rate estimated by direct observation of a conceptus was comparable with an estimate from the presence or absence of corpora albicantia in the ovaries. By the age of four years and over (4 +), i.e. at maturity, 50% of females became pregnant. Pregnancy rate remained constant from age 5 + onwards. Pregnancy rate amongst females which became sexually mature at a younger than average age was lower than in older age classes. 1985 The Zoological Society of London

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-272
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Zoology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1985


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