Does the histological structure of spermoviduct and free oviduct correspond with the reproductive mode in Clausiliids (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Baleinae)?
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Museum of Natural History, Wrocław University, Poland
Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology, University of Łódź, Poland
Department of Animal Developmental Biology, Institute of Experimental Biology, University of Wrocław, Poland
Tomasz K. Maltz   

Museum of Natural History, Wrocław University, Sienkiewicza 21, 50-335 Wrocław, Poland
Submission date: 2014-01-21
Final revision date: 2014-04-09
Acceptance date: 2014-04-30
Publication date: 2014-07-14
Folia Malacol. 2014;22(3):193–199
Spermoviduct and free oviduct of four species of Baleinae door snails of different reproductive strategy: Laciniaria plicata (oviparity), Vestia gulo (egg retention), Alinda biplicata and Vestia turgida (viviparity), were histologically examined. The spermoviduct contains three partly connected canals: autospermiduct, allospermiduct and oviduct. Their walls are built of pseudostratified epithelium which is composed of large, columnar cells and small, much thinner, supporting cells with the apical surface provided with cellular processes. The free oviduct includes two partly connected canals: oviduct and allospermiduct, with their walls also built of pseudostratified epithelium. Both morphology and secretory activity of epithelial cells are very similar in viviparous and oviparous forms.
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