Conjugation in Blepharisma undulans americanum

Vasanthi Bhandary, A. (1960) Conjugation in Blepharisma undulans americanum. The journal of protozoology, 7 (3). pp. 250-255.

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An account of conjugation in an American species of Blepharisma is given. A comparison is also made with the available knowledge of the two Indian species of this genus. In the conjugating pair, the condensed macronucleus shows Feulgen negative regions. Before the conjugants separate, the macronuclear and micronuclear anlagen become distinguishable. The species is characterized by a number of striking features which become noticeable after syngamy. The synkaryon divides thrice giving rise to 8 bodies. Of these, 3 to 7 become the macronuclear anlagen and the rest, the micronuclei. The resorption of the old macronucleus occurs much later, just before the exconjugant attains the vegetative form. No metagamic fissions occur in this species and each exconjugant becomes a vegetative animal in 5 or 6 days. During this period, the macronuclear anlagen arrange themselves in a series and develop slender connections with one another to produce the moniliform macronucleus of the vegetative animal. The micronuclear anlagen, on the other hand, divide by mitosis to attain the vegetative number. In this species 40% to 45% of the exconjugants are viable and the rest die. Copyright © 1960, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

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Subjects: B Life Science > Zoology
Divisions: Department of > Zoology
Depositing User: Dhruva Kumar
Date Deposited: 17 May 2021 10:35
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