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Spermatogenesis of Haplopharynx rostratus (Platyhelminithes, Haplopharyngida)
Rohde, K.; Faubel, A. (1998). Spermatogenesis of Haplopharynx rostratus (Platyhelminithes, Haplopharyngida). Belg. J. Zool. 128(2): 177-188
In: Belgian Journal of Zoology. Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Dierkunde = Société royale zoologique de Belgique: Gent. ISSN 0777-6276, more
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  • Rohde, K.
  • Faubel, A., more

Abstract
    During spermatogenesis, nuclei of spermatids are at first large with an irregular outline, containing chromatin granules; then condense to become round containing dense chromatin; then elongate containing loose fibrillar chromatin. Golgi bodies produce dense granules. Immature sperm in the testis are amoeboid, aflagellate, with numerous peripheral microtubules. Mature sperm in the sperm duct have a nucleated part with a narrow layer of cytoplasm drawn out into two flanges, and a thicker non-nucleated part. Peripheral microtubules and dense thickenings of the plasma membrane are present in both parts.Two symmetrically arranged blunt bristle-like structures, apparently modified large granules that do not reach the surface, are located in the nucleated part. Sperm structure supports the view that Haplopharyngida and Macrostomida are closely related.

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