Seasonal cell differentiation and olfactory potency of secretions by the anal glands of male peacock blenny Salaria Pavo

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The current study shows cytological differences between the anal glands of pre-spawning and spawning peacock blennies Salaria pavo. The cytological differences in the anal gland coincide with higher olfactory potency of their secretions in spawning males, suggesting that seasonal differentiation of cell clusters secreting neutral mucins is related to the production and release of the putative sex pheromone.

Keywords: Blenniidae; electro-olfactogram; electron microscopy; histochemistry; pheromones; secretory cells

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Centro de Ecologia e Ambiente, Universidade de Évora, apartado 94, 7002-554 Évora, Portugal 2: CCMAR-CIMAR Laboratório Associado, Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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