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In a broad context, the premeiotic phase (stages I, II, and III), the meiotic phase (stage IV), and the postmeiotic phase (stages V, VI, VII, and VIII) account for 47.75%, 6.87%, and 45.37% of the seminiferous epithelium cycle, respectively.
In addition, our findings show that the seminiferous epithelium was more frequent in the premeiotic phase compared to the meiotic and postmeiotic phases, which is similar to results reported in other ruminants such as goats [8, 21] and swamp buffaloes [22].
Stages and phase of Mean [+ or -] SD Frequency seminiferous epithelium (%) Stage I 59.5 [+ or -] 3.5 14.87 Stage II 60.5 [+ or -] 7.8 15.12 Stage III 71.0 [+ or -] 5.7 17.75 Stage IV 27.5 [+ or -] 4.9 6.87 Stage V 29.5 [+ or -] 3.5 7.37 Stage VI 49.5 [+ or -] 3.5 12.37 Stage VII 52.0 [+ or -] 2.8 13.0 Stage VIII 50.5 [+ or -] 3.5 12.62 Premeiotic phase (stages I to III) -- 47.75 Meiotic phase (stage IV) -- 6.87 Postmeiotic phase (stages V to VIII) -- 45.37 TABLE 2: The diameter (mean [+ or -] SD) of germinal cell nuclei in eight stages (I-VIII) of seminiferous epithelium in the Javan muntjac during hard antler period.