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Gonadal sex differentiation and development during early ontogenesis in the breeding kisslip cuttlefish (Sepia lycidas)


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Title: Gonadal sex differentiation and development during early ontogenesis in the breeding kisslip cuttlefish (Sepia lycidas)
Authors: Murata, Ryosuke / Mushirobira, Yuji / Fujita, Takeshi / Soyano, Kiyoshi
Issue Date: 28-Jun-2019
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Citation: Heliyon, 5(6), art.no.e01948; 2019
Abstract: To understand and obtain basic information on sex differentiation in the kisslip cuttlefish (Sepia lycidas), the gonadal sex differentiation process was investigated histologically. An undifferentiated gonad consisting of germ cells and somatic cells was found to form at a caudal site in the space between the internal yolk sacks of cuttlefish embryos at 14 and 21 days after spawning (DAS). Sexual dimorphism in the gonad was first detected at around 28 DAS. Meiotic oocytes were observed as the first visible morphological characteristic of ovaries in the gonads of some cuttlefish embryos at 28 DAS. In other individuals, neither meiotic germ cells,nor the appearance of a testicular structure, were observed in the gonad even after 10 days post hatching (DPH). Seminiferous tubules, consisting of a small number of spermatogonia and a surrounding basement membrane,were the first visible morphological characteristic of the testis in the male gonad, detected at around 20 DPH. This is the third report on the gonadal sex differentiation process in cephalopods.
Keywords: Cephalopod / Cuttlefish / Developmental biology / Germ cell / Ovary / Sex differentiation / Testis
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/39325
ISSN: 24058440
DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01948
Rights: © 2019 The Authors Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Type: Journal Article
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