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dc.contributor.authorBarros, Veronica A. [UNESP]
dc.contributor.authorRojas, Claudio A.
dc.contributor.authorAlmeida-Santos, Selma M. [UNESP]
dc.identifier.citationHerpetological Journal. London: British Herpetol Soc, v. 27, n. 1, p. 115-119, 2017.
dc.description.abstractWe describe two new aspects of male reproduction in the pit viper Bothrops cotiara: the formation of mating plugs and epididymal sperm storage. Based on histological analyses of specimens (four males and three females), we propose that long-term sperm storage occurs in the ductus deferens, whereas macroscopic hypertrophy indicates that the epididymis may be a short-term sperm storage site. Secretions of the sexual segment of the kidneys probably form the mating plug that males deposit in the female vagina during copulation. A mating plug without sperm was observed in the spring. Future studies should address the functions and longevity of mating plugs and the role of the epididymis in Bothrops reproduction.en
dc.description.sponsorshipFundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
dc.publisherBritish Herpetol Soc
dc.relation.ispartofHerpetological Journal
dc.sourceWeb of Science
dc.subjectductus deferens
dc.subjectductus epididymis
dc.subjectneotropical region
dc.titleMating plugs and male sperm storage in Bothrops cotiara (Serpentes, Viperidae)en
dcterms.rightsHolderBritish Herpetol Soc
dc.contributor.institutionUniversidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp)
dc.contributor.institutionButantan Inst
dc.contributor.institutionUniversidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
dc.description.affiliationSao Paulo State Univ UNESP, Anim Biol Postgrad Programme, Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
dc.description.affiliationButantan Inst, Lab Ecol & Evolut, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
dc.description.affiliationUniv Fed Sao Paulo UNIFESP, Dept Expt Neurol, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
dc.description.affiliationUnespSao Paulo State Univ UNESP, Anim Biol Postgrad Programme, Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
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dc.description.sponsorshipIdFAPESP: 2012/15037-4
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