Volume relations of the nucleus in Apodan spermateleosis

Seshachar, B. R. (1943) Volume relations of the nucleus in Apodan spermateleosis Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Section B, 17 (5). pp. 138-142. ISSN 0370-0097

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Seeing that this is the first attempt at a determination of the changes in the volume of the nucleus during spermateleosis, it would be hazardous to draw any far-reaching conclusions on the data available. But one striking fact that emerges from a study of the above figures is the enormous reduction in the volume of the nucleus from the spermatid to the fully formed sperm. This reduction is approximately 95% inSiphonops annulatus, 90% inIchthyophis glutinosus, Uroeotyphlus narayani andGegenophis carnosus and 80% inDermophis gregorii. It is therefore clear that the chromatin of the nucleus accounts only for a small quantity of its volume. Another fact that strikes one from an examination of the Graph (Fig. 1) and Table I is that so far as the five species of Apoda are concerned, in spite of the large variation in the nuclear volumes of the different species in stages I and II, the volume in the third stage,i.e., in the fully formed sperm, is nearly the same in all the species. What significance is to be attached to this fact will not be clear till more species are examined, but the close similarity in nuclear volume of the adult sperms of these five different species of Apoda is interesting.

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