Research Article
Volume 7 Issue 1 - 2022
Spermiogenesis within the Testes of the Tokay Gecko, Gekko gecko
Kevin Gribbins1*, Diana Mancuso1, and Stanley E Trauth2
1Biology Department, University of Indianapolis, USA
2Department of Biological Sciences, Arkansas State University, State University, USA
*Corresponding Author: Kevin Gribbins, Biology Department, University of Indianapolis, USA.
Received: December 01, 2021; Published: December 29, 2021




Abstract

The Tokay Gecko, Gekko gecko, is a common house gecko that is native to Asia, has a widespread distribution across its native range, and is invasive in Florida. The purpose of this research is to elucidate the ultrastructural changes that occur to spermatids during the process of spermiogenesis within the Tokay Gecko using transmission electron microscopy. Spermiogenesis is the final stage of spermatogenesis and is the reproductive process that mature spermatids undergo to become mature spermatozoa. This research is vital because it will extend the knowledge of spermiogenesis within the Gekkonidae family, which previously had only one species account for spermiogenesis. This type of morphological data may also be valuable in future studies that incorporate the ultrastructural data gathered here for life history, phylogenetics, or histopathological research within squamates. Micrographs and the ultrastructural description of spermiogenesis in the Tokay Gecko are compared in this study to that of the Mediterranean Gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus, as well as other saurians to observe and compare similarities and difference between spermatid ultrastructure as they proceed through spermiogenesis.

Keywords: Spermiogenesis; Ultrastructure; Spermatids; Gekko; Tokay Gecko

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Citation: Kevin Gribbins., et al. “Spermiogenesis within the Testes of the Tokay Gecko, Gekko gecko”. EC Veterinary Science 7.1 (2022): 01-10.

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