- Institute of Comparative Anatomy, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100, Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Spermiogenesis in one species from each of the arachnid groups Amblypygi and Uropygi is described by electron microscopy: The whip spider,Tarantula marginemaculata (Amblypygi), and the whip-scorpion,Mastigoproctus giganteus, (Uropygi). In both species the earliest spermatid has a spherical nucleus and soon acquires an anterior acrosome and a posterior flagellar tail. The flagellun is peculiar in having a 9 + 3 axonemal pattern. By the mid-spermatid stage, the nucleus becomes conspicuously elongated, possibly through the agency of a manchette of microtubules. In the late spermatid, the elongated nucleus begins to coil posteriorly; simultaneously the middle piece and the tail flagellum begin to retract into the cell body to form a coiled intracellular axonema. Membranous profiles appear in the peripheral cytoplasm, possibly to accommodate a decrease in the total area of plasma membrane. The mature sperm is a spherical cell, which includes the following organelles in twisted and fully coiled configuration: an elongated nucleus, an acrosome and an acrosomal filament, a long middle piece with helically arranged mitochondria and an intracellular axonema.
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