The storage of spermatozoa in the oviducal glands of western North Atlantic sharks
- Harold L. Pratt Jr.
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Spermatozoa stored in oviducal glands of sharks sampled off the North American east coast were revealed by viewing stained tissue sections using light microscopy. Of eleven species surveyed, sperm were found in nine:Alopias vulpinus, Lamna nasus, Carcharhinus obscurus, Carcharhinus plumbeus, Galeocerdo cuvieri, Prionace glauca, Rhizoprionodon terraenovae, Sphyrna lewini andSphyrna tiburo. Three insemination patterns are proposed to account for differences noted in these findings: (1) non-storage/immediate insemination for sharks such asLamna nasus; (2) short-term storage/delayed insemination as found in sharks in which ovulation is prolonged over weeks or months such asRhizoprionodon terraenovae, and (3) long-term storage/repeated insemination, a characteristic of nomadic sharks such asPrionace glauca andCarcharhinus obscurus which can store sperm in specialized tubules for months to years.
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- The storage of spermatozoa in the oviducal glands of western North Atlantic sharks
Environmental Biology of Fishes
Volume 38, Issue 1-3 , pp 139-149
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- 1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Narragansett Laboratory, Narragansett, RI, 2882-1199, U.S.A.