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The fine structure of the spermatheca of the honeybee queen



The fine structure of the spermatheca of the honeybee queen



Apidologie 2(1): 67-97



The spermathecae of 22 queens (virgin and inseminated) were examined by electron microscopy; 22 photomicrographs are published. Apical and basal invaginations, density of mitochondria and abundance of secondary lysosomes were particularly conspicuous in the epithelium of inseminated and laying queens. The Golgi apparatus and endoplasmic reticulum were only slightly developed. This indicated a transport function of the spermathecal epithelial cells.

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