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Toxic effect of environmental acid-stress on the sperm of a hill-stream fish Devario aequipinnatus: a scanning electron microscopic evaluation.

Authors
  • Dey, Sudip
  • Kharbuli, S M
  • Chakraborty, Rahul
  • Bhattacharyya, S P
  • Goswami, U C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Microscopy Research and Technique
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2009
Volume
72
Issue
2
Pages
76–78
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/jemt.20640
PMID: 18937248
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Environmental stress due to acidic pH of water was found to be one of the major factors leading to toxic effects on the sperm of a hill-stream fish Devario aequipinnatus of Meghalaya, India. The Scanning Electron Microscopy of the transverse section of testes of the fish collected from its natural habitat with acidic pH (5.6-6.0) showed that the sperms were clumped together and their tails were either absent or were of extremely small length. The acrosome and midpiece were also not well differentiated. When the fingerlings from the natural habitat were reared to maturity in aquarium with water from natural habitat after changing the pH to alkaline range (8.0-8.2), the clumping of the sperm was not observed. The sperm tail was found to be well-developed along with well-differentiated acrosome and midpiece. Since the only change in the water quality parameters of the experimental aquarium as compared to those of the natural habitat was the pH, it is evident that the abnormal features of the sperm observed in fish from natural habitat is mainly because of environmental acid stress.

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