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SEM Studies of spermatheca of a grasshopper, Poekilocerus pictus Fabricius (Acridoidea: Pyrgomorphidae)

Somenath Dey a*,B. K. Guptab & M. Raziuddinb
aDepartment of Zoology, Krishnagar Government College,
Krishnagar, Nadia 74 I 10 I, West Bengal
bP.G. Department of Zoology,
Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribag 825 301, Jharkhand, India

Received 15th May, 2008 ; Revised 17th August, 2008

Abstract : This study was undertaken to investigate the morphology and histology of spermatheca of Poekilocerus pictus Fabricius under light microscope and scanning electron microscope. The general form of spermatheca largely resemble to those of other acridids. It consists of spermathecal bulb and a long duct of variable diameter coiled anticlock wise. SEM study has revealed deep longitudinal clefts and transverse folds of varying dimensions over the surface of the bulb. The muscular duct has longitudinal folds over its surface. The epithelial lining of spermatheca which consists of large columnar cells also contains glandular cells.

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