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Spermiogenesis and sperm structure in the crabUca tangeri (Crustacea, Brachyura), with special reference to the acrosome differentiation

  • Antonio Medina
  • Antonio Rodríguez


Early spermatids of the crabUca tangeri consists of the nucleus of granular chromatin and the cytoplasm, which contains a proacrosomal vesicle in close association with membrane lamellae. In the mid spermatids an invagination of the acrosomal vesicle membrane gives rise to the formation of the perforatorium, a spindle-shaped tubule which encloses tubular membranous structures. The pair of centrioles located at the base of the acrosome is not directly involved in perforatorial differentiation. The acrosomal vesicle shows a heterogeneous content composed of the operculum, the thickened ring, and three layers of different materials concentrically arranged around the perforatorium. During the late spermatid stage the nuclear profile differentiates numerous slender arms and the chromatin arranges into fibers. Membranous tubules from the cytoplasm become incorporated into the tubular structures of the perforatorium. The mature spermatozoon has the typical structure of the branchyuran sperm, with a complex acrosome, cupped by the nucleus, and a thin cytoplasmic band intervening between the former main elements. The centrioles are degenerate. The nuclear arms are unusually numerous (more than 20) and lack microtubules or microtubular derivatives.


Mature Spermatozoon Membranous Tubule Thickened Ring Acrosomal Vesicle Early Spermatid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Medina
    • 1
  • Antonio Rodríguez
    • 2
  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias del Mar (Sección Biología)Universidad de CádizPuerto RealSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía (C.S.I.C.)CádizSpain

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