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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 25, No. 3, 2004, pp. 256-262
Bioline Code: zr04045
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2004, pp. 256-262

 en Histological Changes and Cement Gland Characters of Female Pleopod of Eriocheir sinensis check for this species in other resources in Different Physiological Stages
YING Xue-ping YANG Wan-xi XU Jie LIN Fang-fang Antonina dos SANTOS


The tegument and exoskeleton structure and the cement glands activities of female pleopod in different physiological stages of Eriocheir sinensis check for this species in other resources were investigated by histological method.The results show that the pleopod tegument consists of epicuticle,exocuticle,endocuticle and epithelial cells.The epithelial cells often connect firmly to cement gland.Cement gland tubules come across the exoskeleton.In different physiological stages (youth,maturation,spawning,and abortion),the pleopods of Taihu spawning crab and Wenzhou local crab have some significant differences,which mainly shows in the ratio and the array of epicuticle,exocuticle,endocuticle and epithelial cells,the amount and the distribution of the setae pockets,the substance in the setae pockets and the cement glands secretion aperture.Also,the cement glands activities and the open gates of the setae pockets are related to the egg attachment.The histological structure of pleopod between Taihu spawning crab and Wenzhou spawning crab is different,which the cement glands and mucus of Taihu spawning crab are much higher than those of Wenzhou spawning crab.The analysis shows that the abortion of Eriocheir sinensis closely relate to the histological structure of pleopod,and the development and activity of cement gland.

Eriocheir sinensis; Tegument of pleopod; Physiological stage; Histology; Abortion crab

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