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Frog and Mammalian Testis and Spermatogenesis

Mammalian Frog
Main Compartment Seminiferous tubules Seminiferous tubule with
(Occurrence of spermatocyst
spermatogenesis)
Testis Subcompartment Absent Syncytial; Spermatocyst
Sertoli cells Present; does not differentiate Present; differentiate
Interstitial Cells Present Present
Spermatogonia Divides by mitosis; One grows in Syncytial clones are surrounded
size while the other stay on wall by Sertoli cells.
of seminiferous tubule to
propagate.
Seminiferous epithelium cells Adjacent cells occur in different Adjacent cell in each
stages spermatocyst occurs in similar
stages.

Mammalian Frog
Mode of Spermatogenesis Amniotic spermatogenesis Cystic spermatogenesis
Main Compartment Seminiferous tubules Seminiferous tubule with
(Occurrence of spermatocyst
spermatogenesis)
Testis Subcompartment Absent; no occurrence of Syncytial; Spermatocyst or
syncytia as development follicle cells
progresses
Sertoli cells Present; does not differentiate Present; differentiate along
with the encapsulated
spermatogonia
Spermatogonia Divides by mitosis; One grows in Syncytial clones are surrounded
size while the other stay on wall by Sertoli cells.
of seminiferous tubule to
propagate.
Seminiferous epithelium cells Adjacent cells occur in different Adjacent cell in each
stages; referred to as the wave spermatocyst occurs in similar
of seminiferous tubule stages.