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Sperm Bundles in the Seminal Vesicles of Sexually Mature Lasius Ant Males

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urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-298284
Heinze, Jürgen ; Burnett, William E.
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 17 Apr 2014 13:41


Abstract

In many insects, sperm cells are produced in bundles with their heads being held together by a glycoprotein matrix secreted by a cyst cell. Mature sperm cells in the seminal vesicles are usually free, but in sawflies and several other insects, such structures (spermatodesmata) remain intact and sperm cells may be ejaculated as bundles. Here we report the occurrence of spermatodesmata in mature ...

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