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Sperm release in Myxicola

Douglas Fudge dfudge at interchange.ubc.ca
Thu Oct 16 14:31:26 EST 2003


I'm working with the giant axon of Myxicola from the Bay of Fundy, and I'm 
finding that my dissections are seriously compromised by the large amount of 
sperm that oozes out of my specimens. The chambers that hold the sperm 
invariably get punctured during the dissection, and I spend valuable time 
washing away the sperm while the tissue degrades. My question to all of you is 
this: Is there an easy way to induce Myxicola to release the sperm before I 
start my dissection? I've noticed that some of them do this in the tank, but 
it's not obvious what induces it. Any insights would be appreciated.  

Douglas Fudge
Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T-1Z3

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