The Testis Histology of Artificially Maturated European Eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) at the end of Sexual Maturation, and Spermatozoa Ultrastructure in Freshwater Rearing

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The artificial induction of sexual maturation of European eel males was carried out by using weekly hCG administrations. Histological pictures showed that the testis tissues developed and regressed naturally and no pathological changes took place under the conditions of artificial rearing in freshwater. According to light and electron microscopic investigations the morphology and motility of the spermatozoa of males kept in freshwater proved to be similar to those in seawater. The authors suppose that freshwater rearing of males is not a barrier factor in the artificial propagation of European eels.

Abbreviations

dc:

distal centriole

dS:

degenerated spermatozoa and spermatids

Ct:

connective tissue

E:

erythrocytes

f:

flagellum

L:

lumina

m:

mitochondrium

n:

nucleus

pc:

proximal centriole

r:

rootlet

S:

spermatozoa

Sg:

spermatogonium

Sc1:

primary spermatocyte

Sc2:

secondary spermatocyte

St:

spermatid

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Müller, T., Baska, F., Niklesz, C. et al. The Testis Histology of Artificially Maturated European Eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) at the end of Sexual Maturation, and Spermatozoa Ultrastructure in Freshwater Rearing. BIOLOGIA FUTURA 56, 169–172 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1556/ABiol.56.2005.1-2.17

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Keywords

  • Sexual maturation
  • European eel
  • spermatozoa