Ultrastructural comparison of the spermatozoa of Ranina ranina (Oxystomata) and of other crabs exemplified by Portunus pelagicus (Brachygnatha) (Crustacea, Brachyura)

Jamieson B.G.M. (1989) Ultrastructural comparison of the spermatozoa of Ranina ranina (Oxystomata) and of other crabs exemplified by Portunus pelagicus (Brachygnatha) (Crustacea, Brachyura). Zoomorphology, 109 2: 103-111. doi:10.1007/BF00312316


Author Jamieson B.G.M.
Title Ultrastructural comparison of the spermatozoa of Ranina ranina (Oxystomata) and of other crabs exemplified by Portunus pelagicus (Brachygnatha) (Crustacea, Brachyura)
Journal name Zoomorphology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0720-213X
Publication date 1989-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF00312316
Volume 109
Issue 2
Start page 103
End page 111
Total pages 9
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Subject 2702 Anatomy
1103 Clinical Sciences
Abstract Features shared between the sperm of Ranina ranina and of the so-called "higher Brachyura" (the Oxyrhyncha - Cancridea - Brachygnatha assemblage, OCB) include: (1) the large subspheroidal acrosome (a synapomorphy of the Raninoidea + the OCB contrasting with the disc-shaped Dromioidea acrosome); (2) enclosure of the acrosome by a thin layer of cytoplasm which is in turn cupped by the nucleus; (3) extension of the nucleus as lateral arms and as a posterior median process (this process is absent in the more advanced families, including portunids); (4) extension of the cytoplasm into the basal region of each nuclear arm; and (5) topographical equivalence and presumed homology of components of the acrosome, viz. the electron dense capsule; inner and outer dense zones surrounding the longitudinal axis; peripheral vesicular contents; a perforate or, in Portunus, an imperforate, apical operculum; subopercular- or subcap-zone; and a basally open subacrosomal chamber enclosing perforatorial material. Significant differences of the Ranina sperm from those of the OCB, including Portunus, are: (1) anterior termination of the subacrosomal space at the equator of the acrosome and its conical form (plesiomorphy?), in the latter assemblage reaching the operculum; (2) differentiation within the subacrosomal material of a coiled, filiform putative perforatorium (plesiomorphy or apomorphic homoplasy with Anaspidacea?) whereas the entire subacrosomal contents in the OCB form a stout perforatorial rod; (3) subdivision from the acrosome vesicle in Ranina of a posterior acrosomal chamber with differentiation of the walls of this, lining the subacrosomal chamber, as longitudinal corrugations (Raninoidea autapomorphies); and (4) plesiomorphic persistence of numerous well developed, simple mitochondria in contrast to their degeneration, with greater development of a myelin-like lamellar complex, in the OCB. Spermatologically, the Raninoidea thus appear to be the plesiomorphic adelphotaxon of the Oxyrhyncha - Cancridea - Brachygnatha assemblage.
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