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J Morphol. 2004 Oct;262(1):536-44.

Changes in oviductal morphology of the skink, Lampropholis guichenoti, associated with egg production.

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School of Biological Sciences and Wildlife Research Institute, Heydon-Laurence Building (A08) University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.


We describe changes in the morphology of the oviductal epithelium of an oviparous skink, Lampropholis guichenoti, during the course of egg production and oviposition: to characterize the luminal epithelial changes; to provide a baseline for understanding uterine changes in viviparous species; and to establish whether the plasma membrane transformation of uterine epithelial cells is indeed a feature restricted to viviparous species. Oviducts from vitellogenic, gravid, and postgravid females were observed using scanning electron microscopy. Cellular characteristics of the oviductal epithelium previously used to determine the plasma membrane transformation were assessed morphologically. Three anatomically different areas were defined within the oviduct, but no plasma membrane transformation was observed in the oviparous skink, suggesting that this is a phenomenon particular to viviparity.

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