We examined the ultrastructure of the spermatozoa from two species of eutardigrades, gonochoristic Amphibolus volubilis and hermaphoroditic A. weglarkae, by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The gametes from the two species were morphologically quite similar, each consisting of a short head, neck and tail. The head included a conic, corkscrew-shaped, bilayered acrosome and a cylindrical nucleus with condensed chromatin. The nucleus is surrounded by cytoplasm organized in ovoid elements with an electron-dense core. The neck is very simple, containing a centriole and unmodified mitochondria. The flagellum contains a 9+2 axoneme and terminates in a tuft of between eight and 10 microtubules. The spermatozoa of Amphibolus, like those of the other eutardigrades, are of the modified type, but nonetheless maintain some primitive aspects of the gametes from heterotardigrades.
Spermatozoon ultrastructure in two species of Amphibolus (Eutardigrada, Eohypsibiidae) / Rebecchi, Lorena; A., Guidi. - In: ACTA ZOOLOGICA. - ISSN 0001-7272. - STAMPA. - 76:(1995), pp. 171-176.