Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Sperm dimorphism in the free-living marine nematode Terschellingia glabricutis (Nematoda: Monhysterida: Linhomoeidae)

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Nematology
For more content, see Nematologica.

The structure and development of the dimorphic spermatozoa of the free-living marine nematode Terschellingia glabricutis (Monhysterida, Linhomoeina, Linhomoeidae) were studied with transmission electron microscope (TEM). The linhomoeid pattern of spermatozoa includes absence of fibrous bodies (FB) in spermatocytes and their appearance in spermatids as spindle-shaped bodies never associating with membranous organelles (MO); presence of centrioles near the sperm nucleus; occurrence of filopodia in the spermatids and immature spermatozoa; unpolarised concentric structure of the mature spermatozoa; microtubule-like elements in spermatids and spermatozoa. The linhomoeins differ from their closest relatives, monhysterins (Xyalidae, Sphaerolaimidae), by total absence of MO at all the stages of spermatogenesis. This peculiarity is also found in the sperm development of some chromadorids, desmodorids and tylenchomorphs. In T. glabricutis the anterior testis produces large (20 μm) 'macrospermatozoa' of the linhomoeid pattern; the posterior testis produces much smaller (10 μm) 'microspermatozoa' of simplified structure. The female genital tubes also contain two types of amoeboid spermatozoa of different size and internal structure. Thus, T. glabricutis demonstrates a pattern of sperm dimorphism in which each testis of the diorchic male produces its own type of spermatozoa. Both types are found in the genital tube of fertilised females. Such sperm dimorphism is known from light microscope observations for several distantly related marine species although the biological significance of this dimorphism is obscure.

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Marine Biology FEB RAS, Vladivostok, 690041, Russia;, Email:


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Nematology — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation