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1 December 2012 A Histological Study of Oogenesis in the Freshwater Mussel Anodonta cygnea (Linnaeus, 1758) in Mira Lagoon, Portugal
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Oogenesis of the freshwater mussel Anodonte cygnea was investigated through histological examination over a 12-month period. All specimens were hermaphrodites, having gonads made up of numerous separate female and male acini. Female acini included oogonia with oocytes at different stages of development. Immature oocytes were attached to the acinar wall by a stalk, while mature oocytes were free within the acinus lumen. Several male and female acini were connected to a single germinal duct filled with mature germ cells. A maturity gradation scale was developed, which incorporated the characteristics of the acini, germinal epithelium, lumen and connective tissue. Although oogenesis seems to occur throughout the year, this scale has shown that oogenesis peaks during the summer months.

Paula Lima, Sandra M. Monteiro, Mário Sousa, and Jorge MacHado "A Histological Study of Oogenesis in the Freshwater Mussel Anodonta cygnea (Linnaeus, 1758) in Mira Lagoon, Portugal," Malacologia 55(2), 251-261, (1 December 2012). https://doi.org/10.4002/040.055.0206
Received: 3 June 2012; Accepted: 1 June 2012; Published: 1 December 2012
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