Motility characteristics of spermatozoa in cod (Gadus morhua) and hake (Merluccius merluccius)

Type Article
Date 2008-07
Language English
Author(s) Cosson Jacky1, Groison Anne-Laure2, Suquet Marc3, Fauvel Christian4
Affiliation(s) 1 : CNRS, UMR 7009, Marine Stn, F-06230 Villefranche Sur Mer, France.
2 : Univ Bergen, Dept Biol, N-5020 Bergen, Norway.
3 : IFREMER, ARN, F-29840 Argenton, France.
4 : Fremer, LALR, F-34250 Palavas Les Flots, France.
Source Cybium, Revue Internationale d'Ichtyologie (0399-0974) (Société Française d'Ichtyologie), 2008-07 , Vol. 32 , N. 2 , P. 176-177
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Keyword(s) Osmotic pressure, Sperm motility, Spermatozoa, Hake, Cod
Abstract As in many marine fish, motility is triggered by osmotic pressure (OP) in cod and hake spermatozoa and motility ranges several minutes with a high velocity (above 50 mu m/s) period restricted to 100 s. A decrease in the flagellar beat frequency (BF) is partly responsible of this briefness. Detailed observations of the flagella during the motility period showed: 1) sea water provokes OP damages (blebs) which impair the correct wave propagation 2) waves become restricted to the proximal flagellum and tip becomes devoid of wave 3) the wave amplitude decreases. The combination of these factors drastically limits to the earliest period of motility the ability for spermatozoa to efficiently progress towards egg for fertilization.
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Cosson Jacky, Groison Anne-Laure, Suquet Marc, Fauvel Christian (2008). Motility characteristics of spermatozoa in cod (Gadus morhua) and hake (Merluccius merluccius). Cybium, Revue Internationale d'Ichtyologie, 32(2), 176-177. Open Access version :