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The resorptive vesicle of Temnocephala jheringi (Temnocephalida)
Moretto, H.J.A. (2001). The resorptive vesicle of Temnocephala jheringi (Temnocephalida). Belg. J. Zool. 131(Suppl. 1): 179-182
In: Belgian Journal of Zoology. Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Dierkunde = Société royale zoologique de Belgique: Gent. ISSN 0777-6276, more
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  • Moretto, H.J.A. (2001). The resorptive vesicle of Temnocephala jheringi (Temnocephalida), in: Saló, E. et al. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on the Biology of the Turbellaria, Barcelona, Spain, June 2000 [CD-ROM]. Belgian Journal of Zoology, 131(Suppl. 1): pp. 179-182, more

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    Epithelia; Ultrastructure; Platyhelminthes [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Moretto, H.J.A.

    The wall of the resorptive vesicle is a merocrine secretor and a phagocytic syncytium, and its free plasma membrane shows deep and intertwined invaginations. Redundant foreign spermatozoa are engulfed by these invaginations, digested and incorporated into the individual's metabolism. The observations presented in this paper lead us to conclude that, during copulation, the resorptive vesicle acts as a temporary receptive organ for the foreign male gametes (bursa copulatrix role).

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