Annual patterns of fur growth are described from captive possums skin biopsied at three-weekly intervals between April 1985 and May 1987. Counts of hair follicles showed that follicle activity was poorly synchronised between individual possums, with maxima occurring mostly in spring and summer. No more than 40% of follicles sampled were active at one time in any individual. Derived follicles continued to develop in adult animals, increasing the follicle population by 23

AM, Ataja, PR Wilson, J Hodgson, RW Hoskinson, RW Purchas, H Varela-Alvarez, and TN Barry

Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 50, , 279-286, 1990
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