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dc.contributor.authorMcLennan, H.en
dc.contributor.authorLüpold, S.en
dc.contributor.authorSmissen, P.en
dc.contributor.authorRowe, K.en
dc.contributor.authorBreed, W.en
dc.identifier.citationReproduction, Fertility and Development, 2017; 29(5):921-930en
dc.descriptionPublished online: 29 February 2016en
dc.description.abstractSpermatozoa exhibit considerable interspecies morphological variation across mammals, especially among murid rodents. In Australasia, most murids in the tribe Hydromyini have a spermatozoon with a highly complex head exhibiting an apical hook, characteristic of most murids, and two projections that extend from its upper concave surface, the ventral processes. In the present study we performed a phylogenetically controlled comparison of sperm morphology across 45 species of hydromyine rodents to test the hypothesis that the length and angle of both the apical hook and ventral processes, as well as the length of the sperm tail, increase with relative testes mass as a proxy for differences in levels of inter-male sperm competition. Although both sperm head protrusions exhibited considerable variation in their length and angle across species, only the angles increased significantly in relation to relative testes mass. Further, the length of the sperm flagellum was positively associated with relative testes mass. These results suggest that, in hydromyine rodents, the angle of the apical hook and ventral processes of the sperm head, as well as the sperm tail length, are likely to be sexually selected traits. The possible functional significance of these findings is briefly discussed.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityHanna J. McLennan, Stefan Lüpold, Pete Smissen, Kevin C. Rowe and William G. Breeden
dc.publisherCSIRO Publishingen
dc.rights© Authors. Journal compilation © CSIRO 2017en
dc.subjectapical hook; hydromyine rodents; Muridae; spermatozoa; ventral processesen
dc.titleGreater sperm complexity in the Australasian old endemic rodents (Tribe: Hydromyini) is associated with increased levels of inter-male sperm competitionen
dc.typeJournal articleen
pubs.library.collectionMedical Sciences publicationsen
dc.identifier.orcidMcLennan, H. [0000-0002-2058-2488]en
dc.identifier.orcidBreed, W. [0000-0003-1739-6593]en
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