A review on the morphology of ovarian follicles in elasmobranchs: A case study in Rhizoprionodon taylori

Authors
Waltrick, Daniela S.; Simpfendorfer, Colin A.; Awruch, Cynthia Andrea
Publication Year
2017
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
The identification of the elasmobranch secondary ovarian follicles and their function can be challenging and the inconsistent use of terminology derived from other taxa is a matter of ongoing debate. In this study, the available information on the histology of the elasmobranch secondary ovarian follicles derived from atresia (preovulatory follicles) or ovulation (postovulatory follicles) is reviewed highlighting their morphology and steroidogenic capacity. Based on this literature review, the ovarian follicles of the Australian sharpnose shark Rhizoprionodon taylori were classified according to their preovulatory or postovulatory origin. Two types of secondary follicles originating from atresia of developing follicles (atretic previtellogenic follicles) and ripe follicles (atretic vitellogenic follicles), and one type of postovulatory follicle were identified throughout the reproductive year of this species. Morphological similarities of the elasmobranch secondary ovarian follicles and their variations in different species denote the difficulty to classify them. Given the multiple origins of ovarian follicles, their poorly understood functions and capacity to supply steroids, visual identification of these structures and the use of terminology derived from mammalian and other vertebrate studies (with the exception of the corpora lutea as a temporary endocrine gland) is not advisable. J. Morphol. 278:486–499, 2017.
Fil: Waltrick, Daniela S.. James Cook University; Australia. Western Australian Fisheries and Marine Research Laboratories; Australia
Fil: Simpfendorfer, Colin A.. James Cook University; Australia
Fil: Awruch, Cynthia Andrea. James Cook University; Australia. University of Tasmania; Australia. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Centro Nacional Patagónico. Centro para el Estudio de Sistemas Marinos; Argentina
Subject
ATRESIA
ELASMOBRANCH REPRODUCTION
FOLLICULAR DEVELOPMENT
LUTEINISATION
Otras Ciencias Biológicas
Ciencias Biológicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
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Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
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