Note on sexual reproduction in sponges


Asked by ishapanwar8005 | 14th Jul, 2020, 03:46: PM

Expert Answer:

  • Sexual reproduction in sponges involves formation of sperms and ova. The sex cells arise either from archaeocytes or choanocytes. Although most sponges are hermaphrodite but cross-fertilization is the rule because eggs and sperms are produced at different times.
  • Oocytes are produced inside the body and remain inside mesogloea waiting for fertilization. In sperm formation, archaeocyte and trophocyte cells are involved and in demospongiae choanocytes form sperms and leave the body of sponge through osculum in large numbers.
  • Sperms from water enter the body of another sponge through canal system and reach the flagellate chambers, where choanocytes trap them. Acting as nurse cells, choanocytes transport the sperm body without tail to the mature ova that wait in the mesogloea. The sperm nucleus then fuses with the nucleus of ovum, ensuring internal fertilization.

Answered by Sheetal Kolte | 15th Jul, 2020, 12:09: PM