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Laboratory breeding of the red-backed vole (Clethrionomys rufocanus bedfordiae)



Laboratory breeding of the red-backed vole (Clethrionomys rufocanus bedfordiae)



Jikken Dobutsu. Experimental Animals 41(2): 161-166



Laboratory matings were attempted to establish breeding colonies of red-backed voles (Clethrionomys rufocanus bedformidae) as experimental animals. For these mating, 10 pairs of red-backed voles which were captured in the Tohbetsu region of Hokkaido, Japan and their litters were used. In the results for two years, 1987 to 1988, the rates of pregnancy, birth and weaning were 35.4%, 94.5% and 79.5%, respectively. The mean litter size was 5:1 +/- 1.6 with a range of 1 to 9. The mean gestation period was 20.0 +/- 0.7 days with a range of 18 to 22. These results suggest that planned production of red-backed voles in the laboratory is possible. To determine intraregional variations of red-backed voles with a view to the establishment of a strain by inbreeding, restriction patterns of mitochondrial DNAs using seven restriction endonucleases were compared. Four different patterns were obtained from wild red-backed voles used in the present study.

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PMID: 1315690

DOI: 10.1538/expanim1978.41.2_161


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