New characteristics of the male reproductive system in the Meliponini bee, Friesella schrottkyi (Hymenoptera: Apidae): histological and physiological development during sexual maturation

@article{Brito2011NewCO,
  title={New characteristics of the male reproductive system in the Meliponini bee, Friesella schrottkyi (Hymenoptera: Apidae): histological and physiological development during sexual maturation},
  author={Pedro Brito and Uyr{\'a} Zama and Heidi Dolder and Jos{\'e} Lino-Neto},
  journal={Apidologie},
  year={2011},
  volume={41},
  pages={203-215}
}
Despite the biological importance of Meliponini bees, there are still many doubts about their reproductive physiology and phylogeny. When compared with other bee species studied up to now, the reproductive system of Friesella schrottkyi (Friese) has very different characteristics during sexual maturation, which includes: (1) the release of individualized testicular spermatozoa, rather than spermatozoa in bundles, (2) spermatozoa reaching the seminal vesicles only nine days after emersion of the… 

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