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Male Reproductive System of Blue Swimming Crab, Portunus pelagicus(Linnaeus, 1758) | OMICS International | Abstract
ISSN: 2157-7099

Journal of Cytology & Histology
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Research Article

Male Reproductive System of Blue Swimming Crab, Portunus pelagicus(Linnaeus, 1758)

P. Soundarapandian*, D. Varadharajan and T. Anand

Faculty of Marine Sciences, Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Parangipettai-608 502, Tamil Nadu, India.

*Corresponding Author:
P. Soundarapandian
Faculty of Marine Sciences
Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology
Annamalai University
Parangipettai-608 502, Tamil Nadu, India
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: April 10, 2013; Accepted Date: November 18, 2013; Published Date: November 20, 2013

Citation: Soundarapandian P, Varadharajan D, Anand T (2013) Male Reproductive System of Blue Swimming Crab, Portunus pelagicus (Linnaeus, 1758). J Cytol Histol 5:206. doi:10.4172/2157-7099.1000206

Copyright: © 2013 Soundarapandian P, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The male reproductive system of Portunus pelagicus is bilaterally symmetrical creamy to whitish in colour, composed of a pair of testes, a pair of vas deferentia and a pair of ejaculatory ducts internally and a pair of penes, pair of secondary pleopods and the pair of primary pleopods externally as accessory reproductive organs, present on the inner side of the abdominal flab. Vas deferentia consisted of three parts such as, Anterior (AVD), Median (MVD) and Posterior (PVD). The male gonad has different stages which is includes immature, maturing and matured. The gonadosomatic index of the male crab is increased from immature crabs to matured crabs (0.66±0.08 to 1.23±0.06). Fifty percent of the male crabs have attained sexual maturity when they reached the size of 10.6-11.0 cm carapace width.