The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 10. Comparison of motility patterns of sperm aspirated from amplectant pairs of Xenopus laevis, by electro-ejaculation and from the testes


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Authors: Brian A. Wilson , Gerhard Van Der Horst And Alan Channing

Abstract: Studies on anuran spermatozoa have been restricted to the use of testicular sperm. Although these studies have been effective in creating baseline data, the motility parameters of ejaculate spermatozoa could present a clearer picture of the reproductive physiology. Methods were devised to aspirate sperm from amplectant males and collect the ejaculate from males. Sperm motion was then studied quantitatively and the various sperm motion parameters compared. Further research is necessary to determine whether Wolffian duct and cloaca! secretions play a role in altering sperm motion characteristics of anuran testicular spermatozoa.

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