The spermatozoa of two species supposed to be basal to Gastrotricha Chaetonotida, Neodasys ciritus and Musellifer delamarei, were studied in order to supply further elements to the understanding of sperm evolution in Chaetonotida, a group in which a fully parthenogenetic reproduction is dominant. Two considerably different sperm patterns were found: the spermatozoon of N. ciritus has a simple, conical acrosome, a short, condensed nucleus, few conventional mitochondria randomly arranged along the sperm head, and a 9×2+2 flagellum perpendicular to the sperm major axis. The spermatozoon of M. delamarei is a filiform cell with a simple acrosome, a partially condensed nucleus, four mitochondria at the nuclear base, and a flagellum with a 9×2+2 axoneme and large accessory fibers. Some sperm features of M. delamarei are comparable to those of Xenotrichulidae, the only other Chaetonotida producing conventional spermatozoa, whereas the sperm of N. ciritus appears different from all the other patterns known among Gastrotricha, thus knowledge of it does not help in solving the problem of the discussed phylogenetic position of the genus.
|Titolo:||Comparative sperm ultrastructure of Neodasys ciritus and Musellifer delamarei, two species considered to be basal among Chaetonotida (Gastrotricha)|
MAROTTA, ROBERTO (Secondo)
|Parole Chiave:||Gastrotricha ; ultrastructure ; spermatozoa ; phylogeny|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/05 - Zoologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s00435-003-0079-y|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|