A comparative ultrastructural study of spermatozoa of the teiid lizards Cnemidophorus gularis gularis, Cnemidophorus ocellifer, and Kentropyx altamazonica (Reptilia, Squamata, Teiidae)

Teixeira, R. D., Scheltinga, D. M., Trauth, S. E., Colli, G. R. and Bao, S. N. (2002) A comparative ultrastructural study of spermatozoa of the teiid lizards Cnemidophorus gularis gularis, Cnemidophorus ocellifer, and Kentropyx altamazonica (Reptilia, Squamata, Teiidae). Tissue & Cell, 34 3: 135-142.


Author Teixeira, R. D.
Scheltinga, D. M.
Trauth, S. E.
Colli, G. R.
Bao, S. N.
Title A comparative ultrastructural study of spermatozoa of the teiid lizards Cnemidophorus gularis gularis, Cnemidophorus ocellifer, and Kentropyx altamazonica (Reptilia, Squamata, Teiidae)
Journal name Tissue & Cell   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0040-8166
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0040-8166(02)00021-6
Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 135
End page 142
Total pages 8
Place of publication Scotland, U.K.
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
270501 Animal Systematics, Taxonomy and Phylogeny
770703 Living resources (flora and fauna)
Abstract The ultrastructure of the spermatozoa of Cnemidophorus gularis gularis, Cnemidophorus ocellifer, and Kentropyx altamazonica is described for the first time. Mature spermatozoa of Cnemidophorus spp. and K. altamazonica differ in the occurrence of a perforatorial base plate, the enlargement of axonemal fibers 3 and 8, and shape of mitochondria. The comparisons of the ultrastructure sperm of Cnemidophorus spp. and K. altamazonica with Ameiva ameiva [J. Morphol. (2002) in press] suggest that Ameiva and Cnemidophorus are more similar to each other than either is to Kentropyx. Statistical analyses reveal that sperm of all three species studied are significantly different in the following dimensions: head, acrosome, distal centriole length, and nuclear shoulders width. There was no variable statistically different between the Cnemidophorus spp. only. The length of the tail, midpiece, entire sperm, and nuclear rostrum are significantly different between K. altamazonica and Cnemidophorus spp. Our results indicate that sperm ultrastructure presents intra and intergeneric variability. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Anatomy & Morphology
Cell Biology
Cnemidophorus
Kentropyx
Lizards
Spermatozoa
Teiidae
Ultrastructure
Brazil
Genus
Q-Index Code C1

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