Volume 3, Issue 1-1, February 2015, Page: 1-7
Epididymal Sperm Maturation in Bats with Prolonged Sperm Storage
Rodríguez-Tobón Ahiezer, Postgraduate in Experimental Biology, Autonomous Metropolitan University–Iztapalapa, Iztapalapa, México
León-Galván Miguel A., Department of Biology, Autonomous Metropolitan University–Iztapalapa, Iztapalapa, México
Arenas-Ríos Edith, Department of Biology of Reproduction, Autonomous Metropolitan University–Iztapalapa, Iztapalapa, México
Received: Jan. 28, 2015;       Accepted: Feb. 6, 2015;       Published: Feb. 16, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.avs.s.2015030101.11      View  3758      Downloads  134
Abstract
Epididymal sperm maturation is the process through which sperm acquire the potential to fertilize the egg. For most mammals, studies report that this process is completed before the sperm enter the cauda region of the epididymis; however, in some bat species, such as the Mexican big-eared bat (Corynorhinus mexicanus), this does not occur, as the process does not end until the sperm are inside the cauda of the epididymis, and thus is associated with a long storage period.
Keywords
Epididymis, Epididymal Sperm Maturation, Prolonged Sperm Storage, Bats
To cite this article
Rodríguez-Tobón Ahiezer, León-Galván Miguel A., Arenas-Ríos Edith, Epididymal Sperm Maturation in Bats with Prolonged Sperm Storage, Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Special Issue: Advances in Bat’s Reproduction. Vol. 3, No. 1-1, 2015, pp. 1-7. doi: 10.11648/j.avs.s.2015030101.11
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