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The spermatophores of Desmognathus and other plethodontid salamanders. American Museum novitates ; no. 351

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dc.contributor.author Noble, Gladwyn Kingsley, 1894-1940. en_US
dc.contributor.author Weber, J. A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T17:24:48Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T17:24:48Z
dc.date.issued 1929 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/4058
dc.description 15 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 15). en_US
dc.description.abstract "(1) Desmognathus f. fuscus deposited stalked spermatophores on leaves out of water in June. (2) The head and part of the stalk of the spermatophore were found in the cloaca of the female Desmognathus f. fuscus in October and November, and also in late March. (3) The same parts of the spermatophore were found in the cloaca of a female Desmognathus phoca confined to a terrarium in January. (4) The same parts were found in the cloacas of a series of female Eurycea b. bislineata collected from October 25 to February 17. (5) It is suggested that all plethodontids deposit stalked spermatophores and that the females remove the head and part of the stalk with their cloacal lips. (6) The spermatophore of Plethodon cinereus is not a sac of sperm but agrees so far as known with that of other plethodontids. (7) The cytoplasmic body of the spermatozoan is a characteristic of the Plethodontidae and is not a terrestrial adaptation. (8) The spermatheca is filled by a migration of individual sperm from the disintegrating head of the spermatophore while lodged in the posterior angle of the cloaca of the female. (9) A secretion from the spermatheca, and especially from its common duct, guides the spermatozoa to the spermathecal tubules. (10) The spermatophore head is phagocytosed by leucocytes which escape in numbers through that part of the cloacal epithelium underlying the spermatophore"--P. 14-15. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York City : The American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 351 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.351, 1929 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Dusky salamanders -- Reproduction. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Lungless salamanders -- Reproduction. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Spermatophores. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Salamanders -- Reproduction. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Salamanders -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Amphibians -- Reproduction. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Amphibians -- United States. en_US
dc.title The spermatophores of Desmognathus and other plethodontid salamanders. American Museum novitates ; no. 351 en_US
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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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