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Morphology and Fine structure of the Accessory Glands in the Female Reproductive System of Saduria Entomon (Linnaeus, 1758) (Isopoda, Valvifera)

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Each of the paired accessory glands of the isopod, Saduria entomon (L., 1758) consists of many secretory cells organized in an acinous system. The secretory unit consists of two cells fused by their apical surfaces. There may be wider intercellular spaces between the apical membranes into which secretion products are released. The ultrastructure of the secretory cells is characteristic of cells synthesizing lipids. Their cytoplasm contains numerous elements of the smooth endoplasmic reticulum and numerous Golgi bodies. Besides, the contents of the secretory vesicles are easily extracted during tissue processing. The secretory activity of the glandular cells is correlated with stages of the maternal moult and the synthetic and secretory activity was observed distinctly during stage D. In the discussion, the contribution of the accessory glands to the formation of tertiary egg envelopes is considered with reference to the conditions of development of the embryos.


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