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Oviductal Structure and Ultrastructure of the Oviparous Gecko, Hemidactylus mabouia (Moreau De Jonnès, 1818)
Article first published online: 31 MAR 2011
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The Anatomical Record
Volume 294, Issue 5, pages 883–892, May 2011
How to Cite
Nogueira, K. d. O. P. C., Rodrigues, S. S., Araújo, V. A. and Neves, C. A. (2011), Oviductal Structure and Ultrastructure of the Oviparous Gecko, Hemidactylus mabouia (Moreau De Jonnès, 1818). Anat Rec, 294: 883–892. doi: 10.1002/ar.21375
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 31 MAR 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 11 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Received: 27 JUL 2010
- reproductive biology;
Lizards of the family Gekkonidae display a variety of reproductive patterns, as evidenced by the presence of viviparous and oviparous species. The species Hemidactylus mabouia is oviparous. We examined, in vitellogenic females, oviductal structure by light microscopy after routine histological and histochemical techniques, as well as by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The oviduct is composed of four different regions: the infundibulum, which opens into the coelomic cavity and receives the oocyte released at the time of ovulation; the uterine tube, where sperm storage takes place; the uterus, which is responsible for the eggshell production; and the vagina, the final portion of the oviduct that leads to the cloaca. The oviductal structure of H. mabouia is similar to that of other oviparous lizard species and can be useful for morphological comparative analysis among reptile species. Anat Rec,, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.