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K Rohde and A Faubel (1998)

Spermatogenesis of Haplopharynx rostratus (Platyhelminthes, Haplopharyngida)


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.

Platyhelminthes; Haplopharyngida; Haplopharynx rostratus; sperm; spermatogenesis; ultrastructure; phylogeny
  • ISSN: 0777-6276

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

Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium


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