Spermiogenesis in the vermetid gastropod Dendropoma petraeum (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia)

  • G D'Ancona Lunetta | dancona@unipa.it Istituto di Istologia ed Embriologia, Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Palermo, Italy.
  • F Damiani Istituto di Istologia ed Embriologia, Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Palermo, Italy.

Abstract

The structure and maturation of the male gonad of the Mediterranean vermetid gastropod Dendropoma petraeum are described. Histological sections of the gonads were made throughout development and gonad activity was monitored at regular monthly intervals. During tha autumn monts the gonad is very small and is surrounded by a large quantity of connective tissue; it becomes more voluminous from December to August, with the highest growth peak in springtime. The stages of spermatogenesis were also observed and described.

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2009-12-30
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D’Ancona Lunetta, G., & Damiani, F. (2009). Spermiogenesis in the vermetid gastropod Dendropoma petraeum (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia). European Journal of Histochemistry, 46(1), 75-86. https://doi.org/10.4081/1656