Polychaete sperm: phylogenetic and functional considerations

@article{Rouse1999PolychaeteSP,
  title={Polychaete sperm: phylogenetic and functional considerations},
  author={Greg W Rouse},
  journal={Hydrobiologia},
  year={1999},
  volume={402},
  pages={215-224}
}
The terminology used to describe the sperm of aquatic animals is discussed. It is argued that the use of the terms 'primitive′ and 'modified′ sperm confuse functional associations between sperm morphology and reproductive mode with perceived phylogenetic patterns. Therefore, terms describing sperm based on function should be preferred. This terminology is designed to avoid any a priori judgement of phylogenetic pattern. The various modes of sperm packaging and transfer in polychaetes are… CONTINUE READING

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