Studying new species
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At the Swedish West coast, there are different Littorina snail species with different ecotypes, which means that they are on the way to become a new species. They look different from each other even though they are from the same species because they are adapting to different environments.
I am looking at the sperm cells of these animals as this can tell us if a species or ecotype is isolating itself in terms of reproduction. Another interesting issue regarding the Littorina snails is that they have two different types of sperm that look different in shape: the eusperm (which is filiform and fertilizing the eggs) and the parasperm (which is round and not fertilizing the eggs, the function is still not fully understood).
I want to show the students how the different types of sperm look under the microscope and teach them how you can investigate their structure and function.
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Västra Götalands län
Tjärnö Marine Laboratory
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