Spermatogenesis and spermatophore formation in the Indian white prawn Penaeus indicus H. Milne Edwards

Mohamed, K S and Diwan, A D (1993) Spermatogenesis and spermatophore formation in the Indian white prawn Penaeus indicus H. Milne Edwards. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 35 (1&2). pp. 180-192.


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The origin and formation of the spermatozoa and spermatophore in the penaeid prawn Penaeus indicus has been described. Spermatogenesis takes place in the lumen of the testicular acini which have a peripheral germinal zone. Spermatogenesis involves the progressive reduction of the cytoplasm to produce a spherical sperm having an electron dense cap region containing the acrosomal complex from which extends a single spike. Histochemical studies revealed that the spermatozoa had a remarkable abundance of polysaccharides and basic proteins such as arginine and lysine, but was poor in lipids. Spermatophore formation took place inside the vas-deferens with the aid of secretory epithelial cells lining the ducts. The mid vas-deferens was responsible for the deposition of the sperm matrix, spermatophore layer I and the wing, while the distal was deferens secreted the outer bounding layer Qayer II). The terminal ampoule served to mould the spermatophore into its characteristic oval shape and for its forceful ejaculation (luring copulation. The complete spermatophore was electroeiaculated and its structural morphology and chemical composition of the acelluar bounding layers was studied.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spermatogenesis; spermatophore; Penaeus indicus
Subjects: Fish and Fisheries > Fish biology
Crustacean Fisheries > Prawn and Prawn fisheries
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Crustacean Fisheries
Depositing User: Geetha P Mrs
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2010 12:11
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:08
URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/788

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