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Reproductive apparatus of the male giant hermit crab Petrochirus diogenes (Anomura, Diogenidae): morphology and phylogenetic implications

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Author(s):
Buranelli, Raquel C. [1] ; Mantelatto, Fernando L. [1]
Total Authors: 2
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, LBSC, Dept Biol, Fac Philosophy Sci & Letters Ribeirao Preto FFCLR, BR-14040901 Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: AQUATIC BIOLOGY; v. 16, n. 3, p. 241-251, 2012.
Web of Science Citations: 3
Abstract

We describe the male reproductive apparatus of the giant hermit crab Petrochirus diogenes, with morphological and biometric analyses of the spermatophore, the gonopore and the ultrastructure of the spermatozoa. Specimens were collected from the southern coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Morphological analyses were done using stereoscopic, light, transmission and scanning electron microscopy. The reproductive system of this hermit crab is composed of elongate and lobular testes followed by vasa deferentia that connect to the exterior via gonopores. The gonopores are ovoid and surrounded by setae, and each gonopore is composed of a membranous operculum that forms a depression constituting the gonopore opening. The gonopore constitutes a unique structure among the Diogenidae due to its number of setae. The spermatophores are tripartite, composed of a sperm-containing ampulla, a peduncle and a proximal foot. The spermatozoon has 3 main regions (acrosomal vesicle, nucleus and cytoplasm). The structure of the spermatophore indicates that this species can be considered an exception within Diogenidae with regard to spermatophore morphology and can therefore be used for phylogenetic inferences. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 10/11988-9 - Morphology of male reproductive system of the hermit crab Petrochirus Diogenes Linnaeus, 1758 (Decapoda, Anomura, Diogenidae)
Grantee:Raquel Correa Buranelli
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
FAPESP's process: 12/06299-5 - Populational variability among decapod crustacean species from mangroves: morphological and molecular analysis
Grantee:Raquel Correa Buranelli
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
FAPESP's process: 10/50188-8 - Decapod crustaceans: multi-disciplinary characterization of the sea biodiversity of the State of São Paulo (taxonomy, spermiotaxonomy, molecular biology and population dynamics)
Grantee:Fernando Luis Medina Mantelatto
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants