The role of the atrial diverticulum in the copulatory apparatus of the terrestrial flatworm Platydemus manokwari de Beauchamp (Tricladida: Terricola)

Winsor, Leigh (1998) The role of the atrial diverticulum in the copulatory apparatus of the terrestrial flatworm Platydemus manokwari de Beauchamp (Tricladida: Terricola). Hydrobiologia, 383 (1-3). pp. 83-89.

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Abstract

Diverticula are present in the copulatory organs of many species of the Terricola. In some species these structures are copulatory bursae or resorptive vesicles. The function of diverticula present in the copulatory organs in species of Dolichoplana and Platydemus (Rhynchodemidae), in Australoplana (Geoplanidae) and in some other caenoplaninid genera has been an enigma. From histochemical and other investigations of the ventro-posterior copulatory diverticulum in Platydemus manokwari de Beauchamp, it is evident that this structure is neither a copulatory bursa, resorptive vesicle nor a uterus. It is an adhesive gland producing a viscid, collagen-like fibrous glycoprotein derived from two secretory elements present in the gland. The secretion is expelled during cocoon laying to adhere the cocoon onto the substratum. The diverticulum appears late in the development of the copulatory organs, and is present when the gonopore is patent; this has implications for the taxonomy of platydemid flatworms.

Item ID: 27161
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-5117
Keywords: Terricola; planarian; viscid gland; reproduction; collagen; taxonomy
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 00:01
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060808 Invertebrate Biology @ 100%
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