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HJA Moretto (2001)

The resorptive vesicle of Temnocephala jheringi (Temnocephalida)

BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 131(S1):179-182.

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).

Platyhelminthes; Temnocephala; resorptive vesicle; reproductive biology; ultrastructure; epithelia
9th International Symposium on the Biology of the Turbellaria (ISBT), BARCELONA, SPAIN, JUN, 2000
BJZ

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

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