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Acta Biológica Colombiana

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CAREZZANO, Fernando José; DORFLINGER, Karina; ALONSO, Matías  and  URQUIZA BARDONE, Sergio Pablo. MORFOHISTOLOGÍA TESTICULAR DE Hypsiboas pulchellus (AMPHIBIA, HYLIDAE)DURANTE LA ESTACIÓN REPRODUCTIVA. Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2015, vol.20, n.1, pp.225-228. ISSN 0120-548X.

In this study, data concerning to the morphological testicular features of Hypsiboas pulchellus during the breeding season is provided, in order to know aspects of their reproductive biology. The testis, ovoid and yellowish with 4.64 ± 0.48 mm length and 2.05 ± 0.23 mm wide, are surrounded by the tunica albuginea which measures 5.60 ± 0.82 µm. The seminiferous locules, placed internally, measure 257.47 ± 58.25 µm in diameter, and cysts with spermatogenic cells associated with Sertoli cells are distinguished in them. The interstitial tissue is scarce. The biggest cells of the germinal series are the spermatogonia I (14.34 ± 1.74 µm), from which spermatogonia II (10.14 ± 1.33 µm) originate. Spermatocytes I measure 9.34 ± 0.32 µm and have slightly condensed chromatin. The spermatocytes II are 8.12 ± 1.07 µm long. The spermatids I are spherical, grouped in rounded cysts, and measure 7.61 ± 1.45 µm. On the other hand, spermatids II are elongated (4.09 ± 0.51 µm) and not within the cysts. Towards the center of the loculus, the free, lengthened and flagellated spermatozoids are located. The morphohistology of the analyzed testicles show similarities with those observed in other neotropical amphibians, being all the cells of the spermatogenic lineage in the same locule.

Keywords : neotropical amphibian; reproductive biology; testicular histology.

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