Reproductive characteristics of a primitive bivalve from a deep-sea reducing environment: giant gametes and their significance in Acharax alinae (Cryptodonta: Solemyidae)

@inproceedings{Beninger1997ReproductiveCO,
  title={Reproductive characteristics of a primitive bivalve from a deep-sea reducing environment: giant gametes and their significance in Acharax alinae (Cryptodonta: Solemyidae)},
  author={Peter G. Beninger and Marcel Le Pennec},
  year={1997}
}
Only 4 specimens of the cryptodont protobranch Acharax alinae have been found and collected to date, from the hydrothermal vent region of the Lau Basin (Fiji) in May 1989. The gonad organlzatlon and gametogenic cells of the 2 working specimens were investigated in the present study, using histology and transm~sslon electron microscopy, in order to enhance our understanding of the reproductive biology of bivalves from deep-sea reducing habitats. The ac~ni of the female were elongated and closely… CONTINUE READING

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