Refereed Article Biology of Pseudopotamilla reniformis (Sabellidae) in the White Sea with a description of asexual reproduction

Citation: Kolbasova, G. Tzetlin, A.B. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2013. Biology of Pseudopotamilla reniformis (Sabellidae) in the White Sea with a description of asexual reproduction. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development . 57. (4): 264-275.

Abstract:

The tube-dwelling polychaete Pseudopotamilla reniformis (Sabellidae) forms dense and complex aggregations of flexible tubes on hard substrates in the subtidal zone of the White Sea. No sexual reproduction was observed in this study and recruitment appeared to be due to asexual reproduction by architomy in winter, from October to March. The posterior part of the abdomen undergoes spontaneous fission into from 2 to 4 fragments and depending on their position, the fragments regenerate their anterior ends or both anterior and posterior ends. Regeneration in P. reniformis takes place via a combination of epimorphosis (replacement of missing parts by cell proliferation and the growth of new tissue) and morphallaxis (the remodelling of pre-existing structures without cell proliferation). The morphogenetic events during regenerative restoration include de novo formation of branchial crown, formation of thoracic segments and restoration of the posterior end. Asexual reproduction appears to play a crucial role for formation of P. reniformis aggregations and is very important for the population in the White Sea, at the margin of the species’ range.

 

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