oa African Zoology - Features of spermatogenesis in the laughing dove Streptopelia senegalensis

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Spermatogenesis in the testis of the laughing dove Streptopelia senegalensis, a non�seasonal breeder, differs markedly from that in seasonal breeding birds. The testes probably never regress fully after reaching the mature stage and the tubules are kept in a development/regression equilibrium which allows mature spermatozoa to be produced throughout but also leaves some parts of the tubules in a resting condition. Spermatogenic development in the longitudinal as well as the horizontal level of each tubule can range from primary spermatocytes to mature spermatozoa.

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