Why do velvet worm spermatozoa swim for years?


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Author: Monge, Julián
Format: artículo
Status:Versión publicada
Publication Date:2019
Description:The sperm of many onychophorans must cross body walls and swim for years before fertilizing an egg. We propose that the cause for such obstacles is the high cost of reproduction in these animals, which leads females to select eggs early in their development; and to invest heavily in their atypically large Golgi apparatus and in the production of glycogen. Velvet worm spermatozoa are subjected to a marathon that selects the most resistant.
Country:Portal de Revistas UCR
Institution:Universidad de Costa Rica
Repositorio:Portal de Revistas UCR
OAI Identifier:oai:portal.ucr.ac.cr:article/36240
Online Access:https://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/rbt/article/view/36240
Access Level:acceso abierto
Keyword:female and male gametes
high reproductive investment of onychophorans
environmental pressure
female selection
gametos femeninos y masculinos
alta inversión reproductiva de onicóforos
presión ambiental
selección femenina