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Function and evolution of the seminal receptacle in Decapodiformes (Mollusca: Cephalopoda): unraveling postcopulatory sexual selection mechanisms in cephalopods

Grant number: 14/11008-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2014
Effective date (End): September 15, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Morphology of Recent Groups
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:José Eduardo Amoroso Rodriguez Marian
Grantee:Luiza de Oliveira Saad
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/15447-6 - Unraveling post-copulatory sexual selection mechanisms in cephalopods: morphology of the squid's seminal receptacle applying Confocal Microscopy and 3D Reconstruction, BE.EP.MS


Sexual selection has a crucial role in the evolution of reproductive traits. Males use several strategies to ensure fertilization, but females also play a major role in pre and postcopulatory processes. Cephalopods transfer sperm packed within spermatophores, and in some cases females bear specialized organs for sperm storage (i.e., seminal receptacles). However, the morphology of these organs and their functioning (e.g., sperm uptake, storage and release by the seminal receptacles) remain poorly known. Moreover, the homology of the seminal receptacles within Decapodiformes remains obscure, given that they occur in distinct lineages of this clade. This project aims at investigating the evolution of the seminal receptacles in Decapodiformes as well as their role in sperm uptake, storage and release, aiming also at understanding postcopulatory sexual selection mechanisms in cephalopods. We will investigate comparatively the morphology and histology of the seminal receptacles of representatives of each decapodiform order in which these organs are present. Subsequently, homology hypotheses will be tested using reconstructions of ancestral character states, to investigate the evolution of this structure. Based on a model species (Doryteuthis plei), detailed morphological studies (including transmission electron and confocal microscopy) will be performed to characterize the glandular epithelium and the associated musculature of the seminal receptacle, to identify possible control mechanisms. Additionally, we will analyze the histology of the seminal receptacle in D. plei in three different conditions: before recent mating, after recent mating and after spawning. (AU)

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MARIAN, JOSE E. A. R.; APOSTOLICO, LIGIA H.; CHIAO, CHUAN-CHIN; HANLON, ROGER T.; HIROHASHI, NORITAKA; IWATA, YOKO; MATHER, JENNIFER; SATO, NORIYOSI; SHAW, PAUL W.. Male Alternative Reproductive Tactics and Associated Evolution of Anatomical Characteristics in Loliginid Squid. FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY, v. 10, . (13/02653-1, 18/19180-2, 14/11008-5, 15/15447-6, 17/16182-1)
APOSTOLICO, LIGIA HASELMANN; AMOROSO RODRIGUEZ MARIAN, JOSE EDUARDO. Cephalopod mating systems as models for the study of sexual selection and alternative reproductive tactics: a review. BULLETIN OF MARINE SCIENCE, v. 96, n. 2, SI, p. 375-398, . (17/16182-1, 15/15447-6, 18/19180-2, 13/02653-1, 14/11008-5)
SAAD, LUIZA O.; SCHWAHA, THOMAS; HANDSCHUH, STEPHAN; WANNINGER, ANDREAS; MARIAN, JOSE E. A. R.. A mating plug in a squid? Sneaker spermatophores can block the female sperm-storage organ in Doryteuthis plei. ZOOLOGY, v. 130, p. 47-56, . (14/11008-5, 15/15447-6)
Academic Publications
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SAAD, Luiza de Oliveira. Functional morphology of the seminal receptacle in Doryteuthis plei (Blainville, 1823) (Cephalopoda: Loliginidae): unraveling postcopulatory sexual selection mechanisms in cephalopods. 2017. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Biociências (IBIOC/SB) São Paulo.

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