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Journal of Morphology 23 (1912)

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Gary N. Calkins

Columbia University

W. M. Wheeler

Bussey Inatitutlon, Harvard University

William Patten

Dartmouth College

Edwin G. Conklin

Princeton University

VOLUME 23 1912



By the Williams & Wilkins Company

Baltimore, U. S. A.



No. 1. MARCH

Jacques LoEB. Heredity in heterogeneous hybrids. Nineteen figures 1

David H. Tennent. The behavior of the chromosomes in cross-fertilized Echinoid eggs. Twenty figures 17

Roy L. Moodie. The skull structure of Diplocaulus magnicornis Cope and the amphibian order Diplocaulia. Seven figures 31

Michael F. Guyer. Modifications in the testes of hybrids from the guinea and the common fowl. Twenty-three figures 45

Bertram G. Smith. The embryology of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, including comparisons with some other vertebrates. I. Introduction: The history of the egg before cleavage. Fifty-six figures 61

Edwin G. Conklin. Body size and cell size. Twelve figures 159

No. 2. JUNE

Henry Leslie Osborn. On the structure of Clinostomum marginatum, a trematode iiarasite of the frog, bass, and heron. Seventeen figures 189

B. F. Kingsbury and Pauline Hirsh. The degenerations in the secondary spermatogonia of Desmognathus fusca. Twenty-one figures 231

R. T. Young. The epithelium of Turbellaria. Six figures 255


George W. Bartelmez. The bilaterality of the pigeon's egg. A study in egg organization from the first growth i^eriod of the oocyte to the beginning of cleavage. Forty-seven figures 269

Fernandus Payne. I. A further study of the chromosomes of the Reduviidae. II. The nucleolus in the young oocytes and origin of the ova in Gelastocoris. Ten figures 331


Julia E. Moody. Observutions on tho life-history of two rare ciliatcs, Spathidiuni spafliula and Actiiioljolus radians. Sixty-six figun>s 349

C. H. Danforth. Tlic heart and arteries of Polyodon, Nineteen figures 409

Bertram G. Smith. The embryology of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, including comparisons with some other vertebrates. II. General embryonic and hirval development . with special reference to external features. Two hundred and twenty-three figures 455


lionERT Mathioson. The structure and nu^taniorphosis of the fdi'c-gut of Corydalis cornutus L. Twenty-nine figures 581

W. M. Smallwood and Elizabeth G. Clark. Chromodoris zebra Heilfnin, a distinct s])ecies. Six figures 625

S. W. AVillistgn. Primitive reptiles. One figure 637

Gary X. Calkins. The pacdogamous conjugation of Blejjharisma undulans St. Twenty-five figures 667

B. ^\'. KUNKEL. The devclo])niciit of the skull of Fniys lutaria. Thirty-one figures 693



The Rockefeller Institute, New York


1. The study of heredity in embryos offers in one respect a wider field than that in adults inasmuch as heterogeneous hybrids rarely reach the adult stage. Eight years ago I found a method by which the eggs of the sea-urchin can be fertilized by the sperm of starfish, ophiurians and holothurians. The larvae are purely maternal, namely plutei. The results were confirmed by Godlewski for the fertilization of the egg of the sea-urchin by the sperm of the crinoid. It is well known that if we cross two homogeneous forms, e.g., two forms of sea-urchins, the paternal influence can be clearly seen in the pluteus stage. Since I have never published the figures of my experiments on heterogeneous hybridization, I may supplement my former statements with a few drawings. Figs. 1 to 6 are camera drawings of plutei of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus produced by artificial parthenogenesis. The plutei are, of course, in every detail identical with the plutei obtained if these eggs be fertilized with sperm of their own species. Figs. 7 to 9 are drawings of five days old plutei of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus 9 and Strongylocentrotus franciscanus &. They differ from the pure breeds of S. purpuratus in several characters of the skeleton which exist in the pluteus of franciscanus but are absent from purpuratus, namely the greater roughness of the skeleton, the presence of cross bars and the greater length of the arms.^ In figs. 10 to 13 are shown the five days old plutei of the egg of S. purpuratus fertilized with the sperm of the starfish (Asterias) . It is obvious that the latter

1 Prepared for the Whitman Memorial Volume but received too late to be included.

2 Loeb, King and Moore, Arch. f. Entwicklungsmechanik, vol. 29, 1910.



MARCH 20, 1912



10 n 12 13

Figs. 1 to G Five days old plutei of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus produced by artificial parthenogenesis.

Figs. 7 to 9. Five days old plutei of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus 9 and Strongylocentrotus franciscanus cT.

Fig. 10 to 13 Five days old plutei from Strongylocentrotus puipuratus 9 and Asterias cf.


plutei are purely maternal. It should, however, be borne in mind, that the objection might be raised that the presence of the skeleton in the sea-urchin pluteus might be dominant over its absence in the starfish larva. I have thus far vainly tried to produce a starfish larva with a pluteus skeleton by the hybridization of the two species.

We are therefore compelled to state that the hybrids between the sea-urchin egg and the starfish sperm represent more closely the purely maternal form than do the hybrids between two seaurchins, which always show paternal characters.

2. It is well known that Herbst and Tennent have made experiments in which the paternal influence in the hybrid embryo was diminished. Tennent states that in the cross between Hipponoe and Toxopneustes, Hipponoe characters become dominant in sea water of a high OH concentration and Toxopneustes characters in sea water of a low OH concentration.^ The amount of acid or alkali Tennent needed to accomplish his result was very small; namely about 2 cc. ^ acetic or hydrochloric acid to 500 cc. of sea water. A. R. Moore, W. R. King and myself made a number of experiments in which the hybrids between S. purpuratus and S. franciscanus were raised in sea water to which varying quantities of HCl or acetic acid or NaHO were added (from to 0.4 cc. T^ acid or NaHO to 50 cc. of sea water). We were able to retard or accelerate the rate of development, but the character of the hybrid remained absolutely unaltered.

I wish to call attention to the necessity of sterilizing the pipettes by boiling them after each experiment, instead of sterilizing them by rinsing in distilled or fresh water as is often done.

3. Moenkhaus measured the rate of segmentation in hybrid fish eggs and found that the rate for the first five cleavages is determined by the egg.-* The egg of Ctenolabrus segments about forty minutes after impregnation with sperm of its own kind, while the egg of Batrachus tau, if fertilized with the sperm of the same species, segments after about eight hours. If the egg of Batrachus be fertilized with the sperm of Ctenolabrus it also does not

' Tennent, Publication 132, Carnegie Institution, 1910.

Moenkhaus, Am. Jour, of Anat., vol. 3, p. 29, 1904.


segment until after eight hours. I have repeated these experiments in a number of fish hybrids and confirmed Moenkhaus' results. The same facts are observed in the rate of development of hybrid embryos of echinoderms. What is the meaning of this fact? I believe that it finds its explanation through artificial parthenogenesis. These latter experiments have shown that the spermatozoon does not cause the development by carrying an enzyme or katalyzer into the egg, which the latter needs in order to develop, but causes the development by altering the surface layer of the egg. If the development of the egg were caused by an enzyme carried into the egg by a spermatozoon, the rate of cleavage of slowly developing eggs should be accelerated by a spermatozoon of a species developing at a faster rate. The egg however behaves exactly as we should expect from the fact that the spermatozoon removes only certain obstacles for the development of the egg but does not cause its development by carrying an activating enzyme. In order to cause the parthenogenetic development of the sea-urchin egg two different agencies are required and I have been able to show that the spermatozoon also causes the development of the sea-urchin egg by two agencies which act analogously to the agencies employed in my method of artificial parthenogenesis.'^ F. Lillie has found the same in Nereis.^ It was therefore to be expected that the rate of development of embryos was determined by the egg. This view meets with a difficulty in the fact that, with a few exceptions, the later development of hybrids is as a rule retarded. But this difficulty is only an apparent one since the retardation is due to an entirely secondary condition : namely that most hybrids are sickly and not able to hatch or reach an adult state.

This is most strikingly the case in the heterogeneous hybrid, e.g., in the cross between the sea-urchin and the starfish. As I pointed out long ago the larvae die mostly in the gastrula stage,

The acceleration of segmentation which Newman observed in the egg of Fundulus majalis fertilized by the sperm of Fundulus heteroclitus is too small to influence our conclusions. Loeb, Die chemische Entwicklungserregung des thierisches Eies. Berlin, 1909, and Das Wesen der formativen Reizung, Berlin, 1909.

' F. R. Lillie, Jour, of Morph., vol. 22, 1911.


and possibly one egg in a million reaches the pluteus stage. The development of the pluteus is in such cases always retarded.

We find such a retardation not only in the case of heterogeneous hybridization but occasionally also in the case of crosses between closely related forms. While the hybrid purpuratus 9 , franciscanusc? is vigorous, the hybrid franciscanus 9 , purpuratus cT, is sickly and reaches the pluteus stage only rarely and slowly.

The rate of development of the embryo is a function of the velocity of certain chemical processes which are linked together like the wheels in a mechanical machine. If one of such processes be retarded the rate of development of the whole embryo is likely to be retarded; and if the hnkage of the various chemical processes become disturbed the embryo is likely to be sickly. The further apart the species are from which the two sex cells originate the greater the likehhood that the rate of development is retarded and that the hybrid embryo is sickly. Why is the development not retarded from the beginning? Possibly for the reason that it requires some time before the spermatozoon can cause the formation of a sufficient amount of harmful substances to cause a retardation of the development of the egg.

4. Moenkhaus found that the eggs of bony fishes can be easily impregnated with foreign sperm but that they do not develop very far. Thus he states, that the hybrids between Menidia and Fundulus heteroclitus never go beyond the closure of the blastopore." I have been able to raise the hybrid between Fundulus heterochtus 9 and Menidia, Ctenolabrus and Stenotomus cf in large numbers beyond this stage. These hybrids lived a month or longer, formed hearts, blood vessels, eyes, and fins but never hatched. With a few exceptions no circulation was ever established although the heart beat for weeks.

Figs. 14 to 16 show three different hybrids of Fundulus heteroclitus 9 and Menidia o^, from a lot fertihzed the 12th of June. The camera drawings were made from the living material the 2d, 3d and 12th of July. At that time the pure breed of Fundulus heterochtus fertilized on the same date were already hatching. The hybrid embryos had formed the pigment characteristic for the pure breed of Fundulus heteroclitus. But the anomalies of


the embryos are very obvious. The embryos are rather small, owing to the slowness with which they digest the yolk. Their eyes are abnormal and approach the cyclopean condition. In many specimens only irregular masses of pigment indicate where the eyes should be. The head is comparatively small and not bent as is characteristic for the pure breed. The heart is developed but corresponds to an early stage in the development. It beats regularly and at an almost normal rate. The main blood vessels exist and haemoglobin is formed but the creeping of the pigment cells upon the blood vessels does not take place.

Years ago I found that the marking of the yolk sac of Fundulus and of the embryo is caused by the creeping of the chromatophores upon the blood vessels. I showed that this phenomenon is due to a tropism which depends upon the circulation. When the circulation was suppressed pigment was developed but the chromatophores did not creep upon the blood vessels. At that time I had succeeded in suppressing the circulation for a few days.^ In the new experiments the hybrid embryos lived for a month or more with pigment but without a circulation. They demonstrate the correctness of my former statement, inasmuch as the creeping of the chromatophores upon the blood vessels did not take place. They also confirm the statement, that the formation of pigment cells is independent of the circulation. Newman seems to hold the opposite view, but he evidently did not test his assertion experimentally.

These hybrids were also smaller than the pure breeds of the same age, owing to the fact that the yolk is less rapidly digested in the hybrids than in the pure breeds. This is a very important link in our conclusions on heredity. The development of hereditary characters is the result of the nature and the velocity of chemical reactions between the mass of yolk on the one hand and the substances in the nucleus, especially the chromosomes, on the other. If two closely related forms be crossed, the chemical reactions are not materially different in quality and velocity from those of the pure breeds. But when distant forms are crossed it is to be expected that greater differences in the nature and the

' Loeb, Jour, of Morph., vol. 8, 1893; Woods Hole Lectures.


rate of chemical reactions will be found and the outcome will be pathological embryos and very likely a suppression of the paternal influence. The disturbance is the same in practically all the heterogeneous hybrids. I have also produced the crosses between Ctenolabrus d" and Fundulus heteroclitus 9 and between Stenotomusc?- and Fundulus heteroclitus 9 . In all cases the result was about similar to the one described here. Tn all cases there was a consumption of yolk, development of an embryo, of pigment, of a heart beat, of eyes, lenses, ears, fins; but, with rare exceptions about which we are to speak later, there was no circulation. The number of relatively good embryos was very large in the cross between Fundulus heteroclitus 9 and Menidiac? (where about 90 per cent formed embryos that lived for about a month) ; it was much smaller in the cross between Fundulus heterochtus 9 with Ctenolabrus cf . One word should be said in regard to the development of- the head in these embryos. In later stages it is often abnormally small in comparison with the body. The reason for this is that, although at first the head of these heterogeneous hybrids develops normally, sooner or later its development stops and often phenomena of degeneration set in, especially in the eyes. The body of such larvae however continues to grow.

5. From what was said before, I reached the conclusion, that these hybrid larvae between Fundulus 9 and Menidia d" were in reality pure breeds, namely Fundulus heteroclitus larvae whose development was retarded through some interference with the ' normal chemical reactions in the egg; and that the abnormalities described were in no way hybrid characters. It occurred to me that it might be possible to produce similar larvae from pure breeds of heteroclitus eggs, if the latter were compelled to develop under an abnormal chemical condition. For this purpose the following experiment was made. Eggs of Fundulus heteroclitus were put immediately after fertilization into closed Erlenmayer flasks, each of which contained 50 cc. of sea water to which various amounts of a 0.01 per cent solution of NaCN were added, from to 10 cc. The eggs remained in these solutions about a month. In the mixture of 2 cc. 0.01 per cent NaCN and 50 cc. of sea water, embryos were found which in every way resembled the hybrids


between Menidia cf and Fundulus heteroclitus 9 . (See figs. 17 and 18.) Their eyes were poorlj^ developed, they had a tendency to form Cyclopean eyes, the yolk was incompletely digested and the embryo too small. The heart was formed and beat, but no circulation was established. Pigment was formed (in the drawing most of the black pigment cells on the yolk sac were not indicated, since the drawing was intended for another purpose) . The head is not bent against the body, and so on. In all respects these sickly embryos of pure breed resemble the hybrids between Fundulus heteroclitus 9 and Menidiacf.

Since NaCN acts through a retardation in the rate of oxidation, the idea might be expressed, that in heterogeneous hybrids oxidations are interfered with. It is not safe to accept such an idea until it has been tested experimentally.

6. The idea that the heterogeneous hybrids in fish are purely or at least essentially maternal finds support in the fact that a small number of these hybrids develop more normally than those thus far mentioned. In a small number of such hybrids circulation is established, though as a rule rather late and often for a few days only. But these embryos develop rather normally and are, as far as any present observations go, purely maternal. I have had many such hybrids but I will give only one camera drawing (fig. 19), representing a twenty-five day old hybrid between a male scup and a female Fundulus heteroclitus. The yolk is in this case pretty well digested.

7. While it is the rule that in the case of heterogeneous hybridization heredity is purely maternal, it is possibly not without exception. I have however thus far found only one paternal character which is possibly transmitted to a heterogeneous hybrid. The yolk sac of the egg of Fundulus heteroclitus forms branched red chromatophores which are not found on the yolk sac of Menidia. In two eggs of Menidia fertilized by sperm of Fundulus heteroclitus a few red chromatophores were observed. It is difficult to get this cross and I give this observation with some hesitancy.

8. Kupelwieser and Baltzer account for the fact that heterogeneous hybrids are purely maternal by the assumption that the


chromosomes of the sperm are thrown out of the egg or disintegrate. This is not in harmony with the observations of Moenkhaus for the hybrids between Menidia d^ and Fmidulus heterochtus 9 , and with those of Godlewski for the hybrids between ^ea-urchin and crinoid. I am not in a position to decide the differences in the observations of these authors. The observations mentioned in the preceding paragraph are more in harmony with the observations of Moenkhaus and Godlewski.


The spermatozoon has two distinct effects upon the egg: namely, it causes its development and it transmits certain parental hereditary characters to the offspring. The experiments in heterogeneous hybridization confirm the idea supported by the experiments on artificial parthenogenesis, that the formation of the embryo is purely a matter of the egg and that the main function of the spermatozoon is the causation of the development of the egg. If we may express this statement in the form of a paradox we may say that fertilization is primarily and essentially artificial parthenogenesis. The transmission of hereditary characters through the sperm is in many cases merely an accessory function. It becomes of vital importance only in those forms where the male is heterozygous for sex and where the species can only be propagated through sexual reproduction.

If the sperm nucleus be chemically almost identical with the egg nucleus it is- possible for it to force one or a few characters upon the developing embryo. If the difference between sperm and egg nucleus exceed a certain limit — which structural chemistry may one day be able to define— the hereditary influence of the spermatozoon is as a rule completely or almost completely obliterated; and the result is a purely maternal larva, rendered more or less sickly through the presence or formation of foreign or faulty substances.

The camera drawings of the sea-urchin larvae were made by Mr. W. 0. R. King, those of the fish embryos by Mr. Bagg. To both gentlemen I wish to express my thanks.



Beating Heart

Fig. 14 Hybrid between Fundulus heteroclitus 9 and Menidia c?', three weeks




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Fig. 15 Hybrid between Fundulus heteroclitus ? and Menidia <f, twenty days




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Fig. 16 Hybrid between Fundulus heteroclitus 9 and Menidia d', thirty days




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Fig. 17 Embryo of Fundulus heteroclitus thirty-one days old, raised in 50 cc. sea water + 2 cc. 0.01 per cent NaCN.



Heart Beating

Fig. 18 Embryo of Fundulus heteroclitus thirty-one days old, raised in 50 cc. sea water + 2 cc. 0.01 per cent NaCN.



Heart Beating

Fig. 19 Hybrid between Fundulus heteroclitus 9 and scup cf , twenty-five days old.



Bryn Mawr College


It is my purpose to present in this paper some of the facts gained by a cytologieal study of Echinoid crosses gind to consider critically the results of Baltzer and Herbst in similar studies.

In my first work on the chromosomes of cross-fertilized Echinoid eggs ('08) I found that beyond the mere determination of species differences in chromosomes, little could be done until a careful study of the chromosomes of the parent forms, in all phases of mitosis, had been made.

Since that time important investigations on the straightfertilized eggs of some of the parent species have been completed by two workers in my laboratory, Dr. Heffner ('10) and Miss Pinney ('11) so that we are now prepared to identify somewhat adequately the chromosomes in Toxopneustes X Hipponoe, Toxopneustes X Moira, Arbacia X Moira and Arbacia X Toxopneustes crosses. In addition we now have the important studies of Baltzer ('09, '10) and Herbst ('09) on European forms, for comparison.

During the past year I have investigated reciprocal Toxopneustes X Hipponoe crosses made in normal sea water and the same crosses made in sea water whose alkalinity had been reduced as described in my papers of 1910-1911.

Heffner ('10) showed for Toxopneustes long rods and two Vs or three Vs. Pinney ('11) showed for Hipponoe four Vs in all eggs and in addition a long armed V, or hook shaped chromosome, in half of the eggs. My own observations on the Toxopneustes

1 Prepared for The Whitman Memorial Volume, but received too late to be included.




9 X Hipponoe d" cross ('11) showed that a hook-shaped chromosome was present in 50 per cent of the eggs and that it must have had its origin in the paternal, i.e., Hipponoe, nucleus. I shall proceed immediately to a consideration of the crosses.


As a general comparison between the chromosomes of straightfertilized Toxopneustes eggs and those of straight-fertilized Hipponoe eggs, it may be stated that in Toxopneustes the chromosomes are more slender and less closely massed on the spindle than in Hipponoe. The massing of Hipponoe chromosomes is due, in part, t6 their larger size and the fact that the Hipponoe egg and amphiaster are smaller than those of Toxopneustes. But in spite of the fact that the Hipponoe chromosomes are larger, when studied in straight-fertilized eggs, I have found it impossible to distinguish in general between the chromosomes of the two species in cross-fertilized eggs ; that is, I cannot find one group of slender chromosomes and another group of thicker chromosomes, which I can identify as of Toxopneustes and Hipponoe respectively. In the cross-fertihzed eggs all seem to be of about equal thickness.

The chromosomes of the straight-fertilized eggs are in general rod-like in form, some long, some short; in particular, a few have individual peculiarity of form. These latter in Toxopneustes (Heffner, '10) are either two Vs or three Vs and two long rods; in Hipponoe (Pinney, '11) four Vs, or four Vs and a hook-shaped chromosome.

When we examine the mitotic figures of Toxopneustes 9 X Hipponoe d" material (figs. 1-11) we may identify these elements readily. In fig. 1, four Vs, a long rod, a hook and, in addition, two other bent elements (fig. 1, C) which I have never found in other division figures. Fig. 2, thre^ Vs and a hook. Fig. 3, three Vs and a hook. Fig. 4 three Vs and a hook. Fig. 5 three Vs a long rod and no hook. Fig. 6, two Vs in early anaphase. Fig. 7, two Vs and no hook. Fig. 8, three Vs and no hook. Fig. 9, three Vs and no hook. Fig. 10, two Vs. Fig. 11, three Vs and a hook.


In a careful study of fifty-two amphiasters in which all of the elements might be seen with clearness sufficient to enable me to determine the presence or absence of the hook-shaped chromosome, it was found to be present in twenty-eight instances and not present in twenty-four, from which I have concluded that it occurs in half of the Toxopneustes eggs which have been fertilized with Hipponoe sperm.

The point which I wish to emphasize here is that an unpaired element seen in straight-fertilized Hipponoe eggs is thus shown to he carried by the Hipponoe sperm.


If we turn now to the figures of the reciprocal cross (figs. 12 to 20), we will find that in all instances three Vs are present while a hook-shaped chromosome is never found. The identification of the Vs is sometimes made with difficulty since the arms of the V may be brought closely together during anaphase, the result being that the V acquires the appearance of a very thick rod. In figs. 18 and 20 the Vs may be seen with separated arms; in the other figures one or more of the Vs are seen with the arms in contact.


This cross-fertilization has given us a conclusive means of solving the problem of the origin of the hook-shaped chromosome in Hipponoe. Let me restate our facts.'

1 . The hook-shaped chromosome is found in half of the straightfertilized Hipponoe eggs. It is an unpaired element. From a study of these eggs we have no means of determining whether it is an element peculiar to the egg or to the sperm nucleus.

2. The hook-shaped chromosome is found in one half of the Toxopneustes eggs which have been fertilized by Hipponoe sperm. An element of this form does not occur in Toxopneustes, therefore it has been brought in by the Hipponoe spermatozoan and occurs in half of the spermatozoa.

3. The hook-shaped chromosome is not present in the Hipponoe 9 X Toxopneustes d^ cross. This indicates that it is not present


in the Hipponoe egg and furnishes corroborative evidence that our conclusion reached in the second statement is correct.

Our analysis has given conclusive evidence that in Hipponoe there is a heterochromosomc which is of paternal origin. This evidence is of value since it indicates that the conclusion drawn from Baltzer's ('09) investigation, which is supported by the work of Heffner ('10), i.e., that in Echinoids the female is the heterogametic sex, while the male is homogametic, is not of general appHcation, and that in one Echinoid at least, Hipponoe, we have conditions which are similar to those found in insects.



A very different phase of my work is concerned with the idea of the fate of the chromosomes in these crosses and the correlation of this behavior with the environment.

Baltzer ('09, '10) and Herbst ('09) have shown the fact of chromosome elimination in various crosses. Baltzer ('10, pp. 608-609) has given a valuable tabular summary of facts in Echinoid crosses, with the character of the resulting pluteus. In most instances chromosome ehmination is followed by a maternal pluteus and chromosome retention is followed by an intermediate pluteus. In two crosses, however. Echinus 9 X Antedon cT and Strongylocentrotus 9 X Antedon d", there is no ehmination, and the skeleton of the pluteus is maternal in character.

In other crosses, Strongylocentrotus 9 X Echinus & and Sphaerechinus 9 X Arbacia d", there is no elimination and a 'maternal intermediate' pluteus results.

For the crosses under consideration in this paper I have previously shown ('10, '11) that the plutei resulting from the cross, no matter in which direction the cross has been made, have a skeleton which resembles that of the Hipponoe pluteus more nearly than it does that of Toxopneustes, and I have stated that as a result of this cross we have a Hipponoe dominance with respect to the character of the skeleton. This dominance is not complete and in many instances the skeleton is of a ' Hipponoe intermediate' type.


We may get at the matter before us most quickly by seeking to ascertain whether in either or both of the Toxopneustes X Hipponoe crosses there is an ehmination of chromosomes.

I am not able at this time to make a final statement as to the exact number of chromosomes in either Toxopneustes or Hipponoe. In Toxopneustes it is either 36, 37 or 38. In Hipponoe 32, 33 or 34. This is sufficiently near to enable us to determine a noticeable elimination. In my illustrations the numbers found (and preparations were selected in which I believe that I was able to count all of the chromosomes that were present) were fig. 1, upper 34; lower 34; fig. 2, 30 and 31 ; fig. 3, 34 and 32; fig. 4, 30 and 31 ; fig. 5, 33 and 33; fig. 7, 33 and 34; fig. 8, 38 (?) and 35 (?).

Similar counts hold for older segmentation stages up to the 32 to 64 cell stages, so that we have in this cross no chromosome elimination. The Hipponoe chromosomes are retained and we have in correlation Hipponoe dominance.

With the reciprocal cross, Hipponoe 9 X Toxopneustes cf the counts range; fig. 12, 22 and 29; fig. 13, 30 and 36; fig. 14, 28 and 24; fig. 15, 27 and 24; fig. 18, 31 and 32 (those at center not counted); fig. 17, 30 and 25 (anaphase four cell stage, one at center not counted); fig. 20, sixteen cell stage, 16 and 16 (two at center not counted).

It will be seen from these examples that in this cross the behavior of the chromosomes is irregular from the beginning and that in some instances there is an elimination of fully half of the chromosomes, presumably Toxopneustes chromosomes, by the time the sixteen cell stage has been reached.

The facts regarding the chromosomes and the correlation with dominance in these crosses may be stated in general terms, Toxopneustes 9 X Hipponoe d"

Without chromosome elimination, Hipponoe dominance. Hipponoe 9 X Toxopneustes cf

With chromosome elimination, Hipponoe dominance.

In the Hipponoe 9 X Toxopneustes d" cross there is a constant elimination of chromosomes up to the sixteen and immediately succeeding cell stages until only (?) Hipponoe chromosomes remain. This elimination is brought about by lagging and failure


to be included in the reconstructed daughter nuclei. In fig. 13, A and B, and fig. 14, A and B, many chromosomes which are lagging in the first division may be seen. In fig. 17, A and B, a continuation of this elimination by a similar process during the third division is shown.

A further part of my investigation is concerned with the study of the eggs fertilized in sea water of decreased alkalinity. Unfortunately I did not obtain eggs in sufficiently late stages of segmentation to enable me to give a final statement of the results. Figs. 9 and 10 are representative of the anaphases of the first division in Toxopneustes eggs fertilized by Hipponoe sperm in sea water whose alkalinity had been reduced by the addition of acetic acid.

In all of this material more lagging chromosomes are found and the average number of chromosomes present in the daughter plates is smaller than in eggs fertilized in normal sea water.

I had hoped to show that a behavior of the chromosomes correlated with the results of the artificial control of dominance might be demonstrated. Such a correlation would be indicated by the elimination of Hipponoe chromosomes in the Toxopneustes 9 X Hipponoe cf cross.

As the figures show, there is some evidence that such an elimination takes place but the evidence is not sufficient.

The study of late segmentation stages should determine the question at once.



The time has not yet come when we may give a satisfactoi-y discussion of the meaning of our facts and make a trustworthy correlation of these with those determined for insects.

Herbst's ('90) work was valuable in showing the elimination of chromosomes, or rather the failure of the paternal chromosomes to take part in the activities of mitosis. But Herbst's experiments do not show that a changed environment results in a change in the character of the pluteus. Chemical fertilization would have given, as Herbst shows, maternal plutei. Delayed fertilization of these chemically treated eggs gives plutei of the


maternal type simply because the male nucleus has entered too late to take a normal part in the process. A partial union may give rise to a partially thelykaryotic pluteus. Tn some cases an apparently complete union with a subsequent eUmination of Strongylocentrotus chromatin occurred. Baltzer ('10) in his study of the same cross, found that there was no elimination of chromosomes under normal conditions, and that plutei with an intermediate type of skeleton were found.

All that can be claimed for the result of Herbst's treatment is that the sperm was added so late that, when the modified fusion of the pronuclei did take place, the effects of the chemical fertilization had attained too great an impetus to be overcome by the materials of the paternal nucleus. He obtained varying degrees of modification. All were not modified ; in all, the result depended on the amount of development that had been attained in the thel^^karyotic activities.

This is precisely the result that I obtained with the starfish egg ('06) by the superposition of fertilization on artificial parthenogenesis. If the sperm were added before the egg nucleus had gone too far, a union of the pronuclei and a normal division followed. If the addition were made later, the paternal chromatin entered the mitosis irregularly and was in part rejected.

Baltzer's important results lie in his accumulation of facts regarding individual chromosomes and in his determination of elimination and non elimination.

I have shown that his idea of the female Echinoidas the heterogametic sex must be restricted to the cases in which it has been observed and cannot be used as a general interpretation.

I realize the impossibility of interpreting the results of another investigator from drawings, without having seen the sections from which the illustrations were made. It is therefore with hesitation that I suggest that Baltzer's fig. 23a ('10) shows for the Sphaerechinus 9 X Strongylocentrotus 6" cross exactly what I have shown for Toxopneustes 9 X Hipponoe 6".

Baltzer ('09) has shown that the particular chromosomes of Strongylocentrotus are two long hooks or two long hooks and a short Jiook. (See Baltzer, '09, figs. \a, \h, 5a, 56 and 11, 12 a-d.)


The short hook is definitely locaHzed, according to Baltzer, in the egg (tej^t and diagrams, p. 579). The fact that it does not occur in his figs. 16a and b nor in 17a, b and c harmonizes with this idea; but when we turn to fig. 23a (Baltzer, '10) — Sphaerechinus 9 X Strongylocentrotus d' — we find what might be interpreted from the illustration as a short hook. The author definitely states ('10, p. 509), that he has never found a hook-shaped chromosome in Sphaerechinus. If both of these apparent hooks be such, one of them must be the unpaired element seen in half of the straightfertihzed Strongylocentrotus eggs. It is also difficult to understand why the elongated rods in the anaphase plates (Baltzer's metaphase) in figs. 66, 76 and 11 ('09) should not be regarded as long rods, as in Echinus (Baltzer 2a and b, 3a and b). My hesitation in speaking of these possible interpretations is overcome only by the fact that the conditions in the illustrations are similar to division figures in my own material.

The investigations of Heffner ('10) on Toxopneustes show that this is in some respects like Strongylocentrotus. Heffner shows for straight fertilized Toxopneustes eggs two Vs three Vs and two long rods. The Vs may be regarded as comparable to the hooks. The long rods in Toxopneustes are like the long rods shown in Baltzer's figures of Strongylocentrotus. We need facts concerning the chromosomes in many species of Echinoids. They should be studied not only in straight-fertilized eggs, but in' crosses, in chemically fertilized material and in fertilized enucleated egg fragments.



Baltzer, F. 1909 Die Chromosomen von Strongylocentrotus lividus und Echinus microtuberculatus. Arch. f. Zellforsch., bd. 2.

1910 tjber die Beziehung zwischen dem Chromatin und der Entwicklung. Arch. f. Zellforsch., bd. 5.

Hepfner, B. 1910 A study of chromosomes of Toxopneustes variegatus which show individual peculiarities of form. Biol. Bull., vol. 19.

Herbst, C. 1909 Vererbungsstudien VI. Arch. Entwicklungsmech. bd. 27.

PiNNEY, M. E. 1911 A study of the chromosomes of Hipponoe esculenta. Biol. Bull., vol. 21.

Tennent axd Hogue 1906 Studies on the development of the starfish egg. Jour. Exp. Zool., vol. 3.

Tennent, D. H. 1908 The chromosomes in cross-fertilized echinoid eggs. Biol. Bull., vol. 15.

1910 Dominance of maternal or of paternal characters in echinoderm hybrids. Arch. f. Entwicklungsmech., vol. 29.

1911a Echinoderm hybridization. Carnegie Institution pub. 132.

1911b A heterochromosome of male origin in echinoids. Biol. BulL, vol. 21.



4.11 figures are drawn to a magnification of 1500 diameters.

1 A, B, C, D. Toxopneustes 9 X Hipponoe cf. Normal sea water. Three longitudinal sections of anaphase of first division. Vs shown in B were lying beneath Vs in ^. Chromosomes.* upper plate, 34; lower, 34.

2 A, B, C. To.xopneustes 9 X Hipponoec?. Normal sea water. Three longitudinal sections of anaphase of first division; chromosomes : 30 and 31.

3 A, B, C. Same; chromosomes: 34 and 32.

4 A, B. Same; three sections combined in two; chromosomes: 30 and 31.

5 A, B, C. Same; chromosomes: 33 and 33.

6 Same; early anaphase; part of one section.

7 A, B. Same; three sections combined in two; chromosomes : 33 and 34.

8 A, B. Same; three sections combined in two; chromosomes: 38 (?) and 35 (?). Some of chromosomes probably sectioned.

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15 A, B. Same; chromosomes: 27 and 24.

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17 A, B. Same; anaphase of third division; chromosomes: 30 and 25.

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From the Zoological Laboratory, the University of Kansas


The Permian vertebrate known as Diplocaulus magnicornis Cope is one of the most aberrant and speciahzed of all the extinct Amphibia. The species was first described by Cope from fragments of several crania and portions of the vertebral colmnn; material which had been collected in the Permian of Texas prior to 1882. The genus had, however, been established previously on fragmentary material which had been discovered by Dr. J. C. Winslow and Mr. W. F. E. Gurley in the Pennsylvanian of Vermilion County, Illinois. The genus Diplocaulus was first located by Cope in 1881 among the Pelycosauria, but later researches inclined him to place the form among the stegocephalous Amphibia with relationships to the Microsauria.

The skull of Diplocaulus magnicornis is very peculiar in the elongation of the posterior elements of the upper surface of the cranium. The anterior elements do not take part in the posterior prolongations which give the skull such a bizarre appearance. This specialization is due to the extreme elongation of the supratemporal, the squamosal, the parietal, the epiotic and the supraoccipital.

The pineal foramen is apparently absent. I was unable to discover it on a well preserved skull in the collection of the University of Chicago (No. 2, U. of C. Collections). Cope figured it on the skull of this species which he studied in 1895. Broili says nothing of the presence of the opening and does not figure it in the restoration of the skull which he gave in 1902. Williston



was unable to locate it on the skull of Diplocaulus limbatus (Jope which he figured in 1909.

The nostrils are located far forward on the anterior edge of the skull which curves slightly downwards so that they look forward. The orbits are small, almost circular, and are situated far forward as is the case in many of the carboniferous Microsauria. Other than these there are no openings on the dorsum of the skull.

The arrangement of the cranial elements is found to be approximately as Cope gave them in 1895 although there were discovered in the complete specimen evidences of the postorbital which had not been previously detected. Wilhston was unable to locate this element in the excellent skull of Diplocaulus limbatus Cope and concluded that the element behind the orbit is thepostorbitofrontal (Trans. Kans. Acad. Science, 1908, pi. la) an interpretation which is open to much question. We have yet to have a definite proof of the union of these two elements, the postorbital and postfrontal, in any vertebrate skull. If there be only one present it is either one element or the other and not both. Further discussion of this will be postponed for a paper on the development of the alligator skull. The outlines of the jugal and quadratojugal were also determined. The suture separating the parietal and the supraoccipital was not found to be so erratic as Cope figured it but it continues directly across the skull. This may easily have been an individual variation. The suture separating the frontal into two equal parts was not detected although careful search was made for it. This seems to be the only case on record among the Stegocephala in which there has been an actual fusion of two paired elements of the cranium. Maggi has made some interesting suggestions as to the origin of the interparietal of mammals and its correlation with the fused epiotics of the Stegocephala. In discussing Maggi's paper it was stated that there was no case of a fusion of any of the cranial elements of the Stegocephala known. This I believe to be an error as is demonstrated in the present skull. This would not, however, change the decision in regard to Maggi's conclusions.

On the dorsum of the skull there were detected in several places evidences of the lateral line canals which occur as shallow grooves.


These are almost universally known as the 'slime canals of the Stegocephala/ a decided misnomer since the lateral line canals have nothing to do with the production of slime. The canals were also detected on the mandible which is associated with the present skull. On the right of the skull (fig. 1) there will be seen a distinct groove which runs along the edge of the skull. This canal had been called by Allis in Amia "the anterior portion of the infraorbital." There were also detected portions of the supraorbital canals but the skull is so badly crushed that it is impossible to follow the complete course of the canals.

The palate of the skull, as here given, is an advance over anything heretofore known. There still remains much to be determined in regard to its structure, but the following is offered as a contribution to the more complete knowledge of the subject. Cope, in 1895, gave a figure of the anterior portion of the palate and Broih, in 1902, gave further notes on its structure. Broili, however, had but a small portion of the skull of the animal on which to base his conclusions. Unless there be an extreme variation in the shape assumed by the skull of this species Broili's restoration is at fault in regard to the posterior curve of the skull, there being no indication of such a condition in the present specimen, nor in the species D. limbatus Cope. Cope gave very accurately the positions of the teeth on the palate but was unable to determine the elements which bore the teeth. In the present skull the tooth-bearing elements are found to be the premaxillae, the maxillae, the vomers, the palatines and the transverse bones.

There are five pairs of openings and depressions on the palate of the skull. These are: the internal nares, correctly represented by Cope and Broili; the palatine vacuities; the depressions which Broili calls the * Ohrenschlitzgruben' or auditory fossae : the infratemporal foramina and depressions along the posterior lateral border of the palate which appear to be partly due to a folding over of the skull elements and doubtless gave place for the attachment of the masseter and temporalis muscles. The arrangement of the palatal openings of Diplocaulus does not differ in any essential respect from the condition found in the larger Stereospondylia.



It is worthy of note that the palatal elements in Diplocaulus do not take part in the formation of the prolongation of the dorsum of the skull and we get an idea of the primitive condition of the skull of the Diplocaulidae from the circumscribed area of the palatal elements which are restricted by the quadrates to the anterior portion of the skull so that all of the elongation and expansion has taken place in the dorsum.

The palatal openings are all lateral in position. The internal nares are the most anterior. They are small, oval and transverse in position. They are bounded by the premaxillae, vomers and palatines. The palatine foramina are large, oval openings situated below the orbits on either side of the median line. Their long axis is parallel to the axis of the skull. They are bounded by the parasphenoid, transverse, vomers and palatines. The infratemporal foramina lie anterior and somewhat medial to the quadrates. The openings have a rounded triangular form and are bordered by the transverse, the maxilla, the quadratojugal, the quadrate and the pterygoids. Posterior to the quadrate there is an elongate groove which is possibly homologous with the quadrate foramen of the Pelycosaurian genus Dimetrodon, of Sphenodon, Anaschisma and other stereospondylous forms. Its function here seems to be for the attachment of the masseter and temporalis muscles. It certainly has the position of the quadrate foramen in other forms. Its elongation is due to the backward growth of the epiotic horns. The other opening marked es in fig. 6, is undoubtedly the external auditory meatus. It represents in part the otic notch or ear slit of other Stegocephala so well shown in Metoposaurus, Mastodonsaurus, and Archegosaurus. Broili has called them the ' Ohrenschlitzgruben' and he is undoubtedly right.

The mandible of Diplocaulus magnicornis Cope is moderately heavy, though comparatively slight when compared to the size of the skull. The sutures on the mandible have been impossible to determine, with the exception of those bounding the articular. They show the articular to have been a triangular element. The teeth of the mandible consist of about thirty-five to forty short blunt cones. The form of tooth appears to be well adapted to


crushing shell fish, as Case suggests, and Diplocaulus may have fed on some of the smaller Mollusca of the Permian rivers and lakes. On the lateral face of the mandible, there is a distinct groove, the operculo-mandibular canal of the lateral line system. It would be interesting matter to determine if this canal extended entirely around the mandible.

Dr. Case in 1908 published a restoration of the entire animal, as the structure seemed to him to demand. However, Case neglected the insertion of the clavicular girdle which was already known and which would seem to indicate the presence of limbs. As a matter of fact limbs are still unknown in this species although Williston has recorded the discovery of small limbs in the closely related species D. limbatus Cope. That limbs will ultimately be discovered in the present species can not be doubted. The habits of the animal were undoubtedly as Dr. Case has suggested for them (Pop. Sci. Monthly, December, '08).

Paleontology teaches us nothing as yet of the ancestry of this peculiar genus of amphibians nor have we any record of its descendants. It is one of those peculiar forms which stands alone. It shows, however, characters which are more nearly those of the Branchiosauria than of the Microsauria in which order it is usually placed. The characters separating the early orders of Amphibia are essentially those of the ribs and vertebrae. The structure of the skull is essentially similar in all of the groups. We are not able, from the structure and composition of the skull, to distinguish a branchiosaurian from a microsaurian. The characters of the ribs and vertebrae are, however, perfectly constant and distinctive. Of course there are certain superficial characters of the skull which hold true for all branchiosaurs and microsaurs such as the absence or presence of sculpture of the cranial elements and the absence of the lateral line grooves from the skulls of the Branchiosauria. Other characters such as the presence of external branchiae in the Branchiosauria, the lack of endochondral ossification in the long bones and absence of clawed digits would seem to be of considerable importance.

Except for superficial characters the skull of Diplocaulus magnicornis Cope is essentially similar to those of the Branchiosauria


and Microsauria in structure and composition. The elongation of the epiotic regions to form the wide, fan-shaped, horns, the fusion of the frontals and the absence of a parietal foramen are individual or ordinal characters the importance of which is open to debate. That the fan-shaped horns were developed for the protection of gills would seem most absurd. If the creatures had gills the horns probably served to protect them but there is no evidence whatever that these forms were branchiate. Horns of a similar character are developed in many of the Microsauria in genera which are otherwise and structurally unrelated. Just what the development of these horns may mean is a difficult problem. The solution offered by Beecher of the significance of spines and horny excrescences indicating decadence may be a good one here but we know so very little about these creatures that conclusions would be premature.

When we consider the characters broadly we perceive that they indicate a group separation of the species of Diplocaulus as I have already indicated (Geol. Mag., May, '09, p. 220). The characters which have been discussed ally the present genus with the Branchiosauria rather than with the Microsauria. The only character of the microsaurs which the species of Diplocaulus possess is the sculptured nature of the elements of the clavicular girdle and cranial elements. The characters of the ribs and vertebrae are essentially those of the Branchiosauria but they differ from these in the specialization of the zygosphene and zygantrum, which have not been detected in the branchiosaurs, and in the structure of the ribs. The fact that the ribs are borne on the middle of the centrum on an elongate transverse process would be sufhcient to indicate its complete separation from the Microsauria in which the ribs are universally intercentral. The presence of an epicondylar foramen in the humerus is another distinctive character of Diplocaulus and entirely lacking in both Branchiosauria and Microsauria. In short the characters presented by Diplocaulus are so confusing and contradictory that they compel us to perceive that after all a final classification is impossible. There will always be new classifications so long as there are new forms and new intellects at work upon the material. But if we


must have a classification for convenience why not have it consistent at least? If we use a character to distinguish two orders of Amphibia like the Branchiosauria and Microsauria, and the character has been accepted for nearly half a century, then why not apply the same rule to another group of amphibians, and on the structure of the vertebrae, ribs and hmb bones establish the new order Diplocauha? It seems consistent at least if nothing more.

In pursuance of this I give here the ordinal characters of this new group of Amphibia-Diplocauha : Skull proportionately very large with epiotic angles drawn out into fan-shaped horns, the expansion being due to the supratemporal, epiotic, parietal, squamosal and supraoccipital, Frontals fused into a single plate. Lachrymal probably absent. Pineal foramen absent. Orbits small, circular and anteriorly placed. Sclerotic plates unknown. Nostrils on or near the anterior edge of cranium. Teeth borne on mandible, premaxillae, maxillae, palatines, vomers and ectopterygoids. Teeth rounded, acrodont, denticles, abundantly present and apparently fitted for crushing hard substances. Palatal region restricted to the anterior portion of the skull. It does not take part in the epiotic prolongation. The palatal aspect of the cranium interrupted by five paired openings which are: the internal nares, the palatine foramina, the infratemporal foramina, the quadrate foramina for the attachment of the masseter and temporalis muscles and the auditory slits or external auditory meatus. The occipital condyles occur under the projecting shelf of the supraoccipital plates-. Basioccipital partly cartilaginous and condyles borne by exoccipitals. Lateral line grooves present on skull and mandible.

Atlas ribless and essentially urodelous in structure. The ribs bicipital and borne on large transverse processes springing from the arch and centrum. The zygosphenal articulation not so well developed as the zygopophysial one. Vertebral formula unknown. Vertebrae elongate with low spine. Notochord but partly persistent and absent in the middle portion of the centrum, persisting as a double cone in the intervertebral regions. Clavicular girdle composed of interclavicle, clavicles and coracoids (?)


the first two of which are sculptured. These are quite large and indicate the presence of limbs in species where actual limbs have not been found. Humerus with endochondral ossifications resembling the Branchiosauria. Epicondylar foramen and muscular expansions present. Carpus and tarsus unossified. Femur elongate and somewhat twisted.

There are three species of this order known. They are:

Diplocaulus salamandroides Cope, described from fragmentary material collected in the upper carboniferous beds of Salt Creek, Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1877,

Diplocaulus limbatus Cope, described from fragmentary material from the Permian of Texas. Further descriptions and figures of the skull, girdles and limb bones given by Williston in 1909.

Diplocaulus magnicornis Cope, described from a nearly complete cranium from the Permian of Texas.

Closely related forms of this group are possibly to be found in the Crossotelidae from the Permian of Oklahoma, but the group is as yet very imperfectly known.


Broom, R. 1910 Comparison of the Permian reptiles of North America with those of South Africa. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., vol. 28, p. 214.

Cope, E. D. 1882 Third contribution to the history of the vertebrata of the Permian formation of Texas. Proc. Amer. Phil. Soc, vol. 20, p. 453.

1881 Catalogue of vertebrata of the Permian formation of the United States. Amer. Nat., vol. 15, p. 162.

1882 Permian vertebrata, Amer. Nat., vol. 16, p. 925.

1888 Systematic catalogue of vertebrata from the Permian. Trans. Amer. Phil. Soc, vol. 16, p. 286.

1896 The reptilian order Cotylosauria. Proc. Amer. Phil. Soc, vol. 34, p. 455. PI. 9.

Miller, S. A. 1889 N. A. Geology and paleontology, p. 621.

Case, E. C. 1900 Vertebrates from Permian bone bed, Illinois. Journ. Geol., vol. 8, p. 710.

1908 A great Permian delta and its vertebrate life. Pop. Sci. Monthly, vol. 73, p. 567, figs. 12. 13.


Broili, F. 1902 Beitrage zur Kenntniss von Diplocaulus Cope. Centralblatt fiir Mineralogie, p. 536.

1904 Permische Stegocephalen und Reptilien. Paleontographica, Bd. 51, p. 8, pis. I, IV, V.

Jaekel, Otto 1903 tjber Ceraterpeton, Diceratosaurus und Diplocaulus. Neues Jahrb. Mineral., p. 126.

MooDiE, Roy L. 1908 The dawn of quadrupeds in North America. Pop. Sci. Monthly, vol. 72, p. 565, fig. 5.

1908 The lateral line system in extinct amphibia. Jour. Morph., vol. 19, p. 522, figs. 9, 9a, 10.

1908 Carboniferous quadrupeds. Trans. Kans. Acad. Science, vol. 22, p. 243.

1909 The Microsauria. Geol. Mag., Dec, vol. 6, p. 220.

WiLLisTON, S. W. 1908 The skull and extremities of Diplocaulus. Trans. Kans. Acad. Science, vol. 22, p. 122, pis. 1-6. Describes more fully Diplocaulus limbatus Cope, locates Diplocaulus in Microsauria.

1910 Dissorophus. Journ. Geol., vol. 18, p. 534. Gives list of Permian amphibia of North America.



1 Dorsum of skull of Diplocaulus magnicornis Cope. Infraorbital canal at point of arrow. X 2.

2 Ventral surface of the mandible. The operculo-mandibular canal at the point of the arrow. X 5.

3 Oblique view of one ramus of the mandible to show the entire course of the operculo-mandibular canal. Nearly natural size.









4 Outline of the cranial elements of Diplocaulus magnicornis Cope. E, epiotic; F, frontal; J, jngal; Mx, maxilla; N, nasal; P, parietal; Pf, postfrontal; Po, postorbital; Pr, prefrontal; Px, premaxilla; Qj, quadratojugal; So, supraoccdpital; Sq, squamosal; St, supratemporal.

5 Mandible from the side to show arrangement of the operculo-mandibular canal.

6 Outline of the openings and elements of the palate of the skull. .1./', internal nares; Co, condyle; Ep, epiotic; Es, auditory fossa or ear slit; Exo, exoccipital; Mx, maxilla; Pa, parasphenoid; Paf, palatine foramen; Pal, palatine; Pi, pterygoid; Px, premaxilla; Q, quadrate; Qj, quadratojugal; T, ectopterygoid or bone.

7 Side view of the skull. J, jugal; Mx, maxilla; Pr, prefrontal; Px, premaxilla; Qi, quadratojugal; .S7. squamosal.








From the Zoological Department, University of Wisconsin


The following study is based on material obtained from four guinea-chicken hybrids, the offspring of a yearling black langshan cock and a common guinea hen three years old. There were originally five of the hybrids, all male, but during my absence from Cincinnati one died and was not preserved. An account of the general habits and appearance of these fowls together with an analysis of their peculiar color pattern has already been published.2

Three of the hybrids were killed at the age of three years, one at the age of six, and the last one died at the age of seven. When five years old the two older ones each developed a pair of sickle feathers in the tail similar to those so characteristic of the ordinary domestic cock, although previous to this time all alike possessed the simpler type of tail feathers seen in the common hen.

When young the hybrids resembled young guineas in appearance except for the fact that the legs were feathered after the manner of the langshan breed of. chickens. These feathers disappeared for the most part after a few months, leaving only a few scattering ones on the legs of the adults. All of the hybrid fowls were infertile. Two of them were kept at the Cincinnati Zoological Garden for a number of years in a large inclosure with

1 Prepared for The Whitman Memorial Volume, but received too late to be included.

2 Guyer, M. F. : Atavism in guinea-chicken hybrids. Jour. Exp. Zool., vol. 7, 1909. Also, La livree du plumage chez les hybrides de pintade et de poule. Bui. Mus. d'hist. nat., Paris, 1909.



various other gallinaceous birds, such as peafowls, pheasants, guineas, and bantam chickens. As long as both were alive they remained together constantly but . after the one was killed the other attached itself to the guinea contingent of the enclosure. Whether this was due to an instinct of kinship or whether it was the result of earlier associations with the guinea mother I am unable to say.

Upon opening the body cavity the testes in three of the hybrids were found to be normal in size and external appearance. In the fourth, while the left testis was somewhat smaller than the average, the right was greatly hypertrophied, weighing 90 grams and measuring 85 mm. long by 54 mm. broad, by 30 mm. thick. The enlarged testis was kidney-shaped and lay diagonally across the body cavity. Two distinct regions, separated externally by a shallow furrow and internally by more or less of a connective tissue septum, were visible. The anterior region, representing about one-third of the testis, was a white, waxy, fatty mass. The remaining portion was somewhat more firm and was richly supplied with small blood vessels which at intervals exhibited numerous plexuses and varicosities.

Toward the anterior end of this hypertrophied organ and marked off from it as a distinct body by a constricted band of connective tissue was what appeared to be a srriall accessory testis. Subsequent microscopic examination showed that the left testis, the posterior region of the hypertrophied right, and this smaller accessory body all contained seminiferous tubules, although they were comparatively scarce in the hypertrophied body. Such a hypertrophied condition of one testis has been noted by other students of hybrids such as Suchetet,^ for instance, who in speaking of a hybrid duck (C. moschata X A. boschas) states that one of the two testes had the dimensions greatly exaggerated, and with its juices devoid of spermatozoa. Although, with the exception just mentioned, the testes of the hybrids appeared normal from a macroscopic examination, microscopic investigation showed them to be markedly abnormal; to such a degree in fact that no trace of spermatozoa were observable although in

' Suchetet, Andr6: Des hybrides a I'etat sauvage; Oiseaux, Tome 1, 1896. Lille.


certain favorable regions spermatogenesis was seen to be in progress as far as the formation of spermatids. None of the latter, however, was ever found in process of transformation into the spermatozoon.

Upon examining sections of the testis the first thing to strike the attention was the great scarcity of seminiferous tubules. While a few of these were visible in sections from nearly all regions, they existed for the most part as narrow scattered tubules (fig. 1) surrounded by vast areas of intervening tissue, or more frequently as small island-like groups of a few larger tubules in a more or less homogeneous field of connective tissue and stroma cells (fig. 2). At times, however, limited areas (fig. 3) would be encountered in which the seminiferous tubules were almost as plentiful as in normal non-hybrid individuals. One hybrid in particular differed markedly from the others in having a plentiful supply of tubules throughout the most of the testis. In certain of these tubules division stages of spermatogonia and first spermatocytes were plentiful. Less frequently dividing spermatocytes of the second order were found. Side by side with such tubules, and often in greater numbers, would be found other tubules in process of degeneration.

The seminiferous tubules of the guinea have a thicker investing rind or wall than do those of the ordinary domestic cock, and while there is considerable fluctuation in the diameter of different tubules in both species, on the whole, the former has a noticeably broader, coarser looking type of tubule. There is also shghtly more interstitial tissue in the testis of the guinea. In all of these respects, as well as in the general appearance of the various mitoses the hybrids approximate more nearly the condition found in the guinea.

In the hybrids, as already stated, the seminiferous tubules were usually few in number and widely separated by intervening tissue. Under the low power of the microscope this inter-tubular field ordinarily had a homogeneous cellular appearance, but under a moderate or high power the cells were seen to be arranged in irregular cords or strands, although this corded appearance often graduated indistinguishably into a homogeneous field. The stroma or interstitial cells occupying most of the inter-tubular


field are for the most part characterized by their round, plump, slightly eccentric nuclei with a comparatively large, well-marked sphere of denser appearing cytoplasm at one side (fig. 10). In places, however, they resemble closel}^ the spermatogonia lining the inner wall of the tubules and, apart from location, are practically indistinguishable from them. Not infrequently, moreover, scattered here and there among them are to be seen typical spermatocytes in process of division. Such areas appear to be the remains of former tubules of which the walls have become entirely obliterated and the characteristic arrangement of the tubule cells lost. Such inter-tubular areas with numerous cells exhibiting various features of the maturation phenomena were especially plentiful in the hybrid already indicated as possessing a great number of tubules (fig. 4).

The germ-cells in many of the tubules were in process of degeneration. In some cases only a peripheral row of spermatogonia and Sertoli cells remained but more commonly the cells progressed to the spermatocyte type and then halted at the point of synapsis. So common was this, indeed, that the characteristic appearance of the tubules was that of a mass of cells in the contraction phase of the primary spermatocytes (fig. 9). The deeply staining chromatin strands became massed at one side of the nucleus, commonly lying in more or less of a crescent along the inner surface of the nuclear membrane. Frequently such nuclei had a vacuolar, abnormal appearance as if on the point of dissolution. Less often the nuclei of the spermatocytes had a clear watery looking center with the chromatin spread around the periphery. Not a few syncytial masses existed containing numerous degenerating nuclei, among which there were often evidences of fusion or of direct division.

As to why so many of the cells should be unable to progress beyond the beginning of the synaptic phase I can offer no further suggestion than that made in connection with a similar study^

Guyer, M. F.: Spermatogenesis of normal and of hybrid pigeons. Dissertation, University of Chicago, 1900. Later published as Bui. 22, University of Cincinnati, 1903. In case this pa{)er is inaccessible to any investigator, the author will gladly supply copies as long as his stock of reprints lasts.


carried out on hybrid pigeons from 1897 to 1900; namely, that

(p. 46)

in hybrids it may be supposed that in the ordinary cells of the body, the chromosomes from the paternal and the maternal species lie side by side ana carry on the customary functions of the cells but when it comes to an actual fusion of chromosomes to form the bivalent type necessary for reduction, the incompatibility of the two different plasmas renders the union incomplete or prevents it entirely.

It may be of some interest in connection with the present memorial volume to record the fact that practically all of this earlier work on hybrid pigeons was done on material supplied by Professor Whitman himself. He was particularly curious about the preponderance of males among his hybrids, and was much interested in the interpretation expressed in my doctoral thesis of 1900 to the effect that the refusal of the chromosomes of hybrids to unite in the first spermatocyte indicated that synapsis normally was a fusion of maternal with paternal chromosomes, and that, granting this to be true, in fertile hybrids in the segregation of the chromosomes after synapsis we find a plausible reason for returns in the third generation to grandparental characteristics. Since this paper has had but a limited circulation it may not be amiss to restate briefly my conclusions at that time regarding this point. In a paper in 1899^ I had already pointed out the fact, illustrating with a diagram, that when white ring-doves and brown ring-doves are cross-mated and their offspring interbred, there is frequently a return in color in the third generation to the grandparental types. This phenomenon we now recognize at once as Mendelian but at that time Mendelism had not yet been rediscovered. In my thesis'* of the next year I restated these facts of my 1899 paper a little more explicitly as follows (p. 35-36) :

Offspring of the common ring dove when crossed with the white ring dove are brown in color. One member of the resulting pair is frequently a few shades lighter in color than the other. In the next or third generation there is generally a return to the original colors of the grandparents; one of the young is white, the other brown. Occasionahy both of the young are brown or, less frequently, both white. There is a marked tendency for the white ones to be female and the brown ones male.

5 Zoological Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 5; 1899.

Loc. cit.


So far as the writer has carried his experiments, the indications are that on the whole there are more brown than white birds in the third generation, and this points to the conclusion that in the brouTi birds we may have both intermediate forms like the hybrids of the second generation and forms which have reverted to the brown grandparent, as the white doves have seemingly returned to the white grandparent. . . . . The birds of this generation, then, might mate in such a way that the offspring could exhibit the ancestral white while yet remaining intermediate in other characters. As we shall see in the conclusions from the study of the germ-cells of hybrids, there are certain phenomena in the germ-cells which apparently afford us a definite physical basis for the production of intermediate forms and for returns to pure ancestral species. From this basis there must necessarily be a greater number of intermediate forms in the offspring of hybrids than there are reversions to the respective ancestral species.

I had interpreted the irregular phenomena occurring in hybrids at the time of synapsis as due to the tendency of the chromatin of each parent to retain its own individuality. And while I had attributed some importance to these irregularities of division in accounting for variations and reversions in the third generation, I did not regard them as the chief factors in such returns, as is evident from the following excerpt (p. 47) :

In discussing irregular divisions, however, it must not be forgotten that many apparently normal divisions of the spermatocytes also occur in hybrids, and constitute by far the predominant kind of division in hybrids from closely related forms. Unequal distribution of chromatin can not therefore play the most important part in variation or reversion. There seems to be no other interpretation, indeed, than that in the many normal mitoses of the bivalent chromosomes which occur, the chromatin of the father and of the mother is set apart so that the ultimate germcells are what might be termed 'pure' cells; that is a given egg or spermcell contains exclusively or at least predominantly qualities from one parent. The offspring from fertile hybrids of the same parentage might then be similar to the mixed type of the original hybrid, or revert to one of the grandparent tyj^es, dependent upon the chances of the various cells for union at fertilization. If a spermatozoon and an egg containing characteristics of the same species unite, then the reversion will be to that species; if a sperm-cell containing the characteristics of one species happens to unite with an ovum containing characteristics of the other species, then the offspring will be of the mixed t>pe again. By the law of probability the latter will be the more prevalent occurrence, because there are four combinations possible, and two of the four would result in the production of mixed offspring, while only one combination could result in a return to one of the ancestral species.


This, it will be seen, is a close approximation to the Mendelian statement of germinal segregation and combination. The qualifications necessary to bring it more strictly within the pale of Mendelism as then known were made in a brief paper*' early in 1903.

As previously stated, in many of the seminiferous tubules of the guinea-chicken hybrid synapsis occurred and occasionally some cells progressed to the completion of the second division and the formation of spermatids. But even where synapsis was effected there was more or less of a tendency for the union to be incomplete or partial. This was evidenced by the unusual bipartite appearance of the conjugated chromosomes and in an occasional excess of chromosomes over the number (nine) characteristic of the corresponding stage in the chicken or the guinea. In cases of such excess the extra chromosomes had the smaller size of the univalent type.

Even in normal spermatogenesis one not infrequently encounters fluctuations in the number of chromosomes. This is true to such an extent indeed that, judging from iny own studies on the chromosomes of various birds and man, one is led strongly to the opinion that in these instances at least we are dealing with compound chromosomes which may occasionally resolve themselves into simpler components and in consequence exist in greater than the typical number when ready for division. On the other hand, instead of an increase there may be a reduction below the recognized haploid number, as I have shown to be true in man where the spermatocytes of the second order typically appear as five (or seven with the accessories) instead of the expected ten (or twelve) ; or in the case of the guinea, the chicken, and the pigeon, four (five with the accessory) instead of eight.

While in the guinea-chicken hybrids the secondary spermatocytes tend to exhibit four (or five) chromosomes in division, there is more irregularity than in the normal fowl. If my interpretation that the fusion between guinea and chicken chromosomes in the primary spermatocytes is inhibited in some way because of their inherent dissimilarities be correct, the same fact might account likewise for the occasional increase of numbers in the

" The germ-cell and the results of Mendel. Cincinnati Lancet-Clinic, May 9, 1903.



second spermatocytes, inasmuch as they also would likely each contain chromosomes of different parentage.

By far the greatest number of division stages to be seen in the hybrid testis were those of the first spermatocytes. These were comparatively plentiful and to my surprise were much more normal in appearance than corresponding division stages in pigeon hybrids from more closely related species. The multipolar spindles so characteristic of the first spermatocytes in hybrid pigeons were very seldom encountered in the guinea-chicken fowls.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of this first maiotic division was the appearance of the accessory chromosome or X-element. This chromosome, whenever favorably located for observation, was found invariably to be of the guinea and not of the chicken type.

It will be recalled that in various species of invertebrates the X-element of the male is now known to be represented in the female by two such elements in all cells with the diploid number of chromosomes. In such females, after the reduction divisions each egg thus comes to have a single X-element whereas, since there was only one such element in the somatic and early germcells of the male, and inasmuch as this body does not divide in one of the maturation divisions of the cell but goes entire to one of the daughter cells, the X-element is lacking in half of the spermatozoa.

In all known cases where an X-element exists in the male, the eggs fertilized by a spermatozoon without the X-element are the ones that give rise to the new males, hence the subsequent X-element of one of these new individuals can only be one which was originally in the egg. The fact that the male zygote must always receive the X-element from the mother was pointed out by Wilson^ in 1906. In the present instance, since it was the mother of the hybrid that was the guinea, the X-element of the hybrid should be of the guinea type, and such, in fact, was found to be the case.

The chicken and the guinea types of X-element are readily distinguishable, that of the chicken being typically of larger

^Wilson, E. B.: Studies on chromosomes, III. Jour. Exp. Zool., vi, 1906.


size, of stouter build, and of different shape. While each usually appears as a curved body, the chicken X-element (figs. 5, 11, 12, 13, 14) is more curved than the other, having a U-shape with both ends of the loop of the same size, while the guinea X-element (figs. 6, 15, 16, 17, 18) is more comma- or pistol-shaped with one end noticeably narrower than the other. While there may be greater or less deviation from these types, generally in the nature of unusual elongation or compression, on the whole, after the observer's eye has become accustomed to the elements in question, he has Httle difficulty in readily identifying the two types. The X-element of the hybrid (figs. 7, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23) is clearly of the guinea type. In both the chicken and the guinea the X-element, instead of having its more chacteristic appeararance, may occur occasionally as two closely apposed spherical chromosomes. Under such circumstances the two components are of approximately the same size in the chicken, whereas one is always noticeably smaller than the other in the guinea. The same modification may obtain in the hybrid (fig. 22), but here again the double element is of the guinea type.

While it is very difficult to secure representative appearances of the X-element of these fowl by photography because of differences in the focal plane of its different parts, still the pictures obtained^ are sufficiently clear to demonstrate the point in question. Fig. 5 (5a magnified 750, and 56, 1500 diameters) is a photograph of the X-element of the langshan cock. In the photograph the typical U-shaped element appears to be more of a V, but this is due to the fact that when the extremities of the chromosome were in focus as they are in the picture, the bend of the U was below the plane of focus and thus made to appear sharp-angled. Fig. 6 shows in the guinea the metaphase of a dividing first spermatocyte viewed from one pole. The X-element at the top of the field, is plainly seen to be narrower at one end. The focus was such that its curved condition is not visible in the photograph. Fig. 7 shows a dividing first spermatocyte of the hybrid, viewed from one pole. What appears to be a long curved body at the

^ The writer makes grateful acknowledgment to Dr. Charles Goosmann for the microphotographs of Plate I.


top consists really of two chromosomes; one, at the base, a deeplystaining, rounded, ordinary chromosome, and the other the curved X-element. In order to show the curve of the latter the camera had to be so focussed as to blend the two images. The X-element of the hybrid, like that of the guinea, is seen to be narrower at one end.

In my paper on the spermatogenesis of the chicken,^ I noted the fact that it was not uncommon to find what appeared to be a tripartite accessory, but I am now inclined to believe that when such a body exists it is the X-element plus one member of a characteristic pair of small chromosomes, the other member of which passes to the opposite pole, either slightly in advance or at the time of the regular division of the ordinary chromosomes. Figs. 7, 9, 11 and 12 of that paper ^ show evidence of this condition. In fig. 11 the small element is completely detached. Fig. 10 probably represents a condition in which the opposite member of this small pair stands apart from the equatorial plate towards one pole, the accessory being seen on the other side of the equatorial plate. In the guinea the corresponding pair of small chromosomes (see figs. 11 and 12 of my paper^" on the spermatogenesis of the guinea) is considerably smaller than in the chicken. The one which passes to the pole also reached by the X-element shows less tendency to unite with the latter than in the chicken, hence it is only rarely that a tripartite condition of these bodies is observed in the guinea.

In a paper^"^ written in 1909 before I had discovered the presence of an X-element in the common fowl, I suggested that if we assume, as some investigators have done, that increased nutrition favors the production of females, diminished nutrition, the production of males, then the excess of males among hybrid birds might be due to the fact that in hybrids, " there would in all probability be more or less default in the metabolic processes because of the incompatibilities which must necessarily exist between two

Guyer, M. F. : The spermatogenesis of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus dom.). Anat. Anz., xxxiv, 22-24, 1909.

^° Guyer, M. F. : The spermatogenesis of the domestic guinea (Numida meleagris dom.). Anat. Anz., .xxxiv, 20-21, 1909.

" Guyer, M. F. : On the sex of hybrid birds. Biol. Bui., xvi, 4; 1909.


germ-plasms so dissimilar." The discovery of an X-element, however, together with the knowledge that it is of maternal instead of paternal origin possibly gives us a simpler and more plausible explanation. It is the spermatozoon without the large X-element which unites with the egg in the production of the new male, and since such a spermatozoon is much smaller than one of the other type, the whole question may resolve itself into a mere matter of the relative sizes of the spermatozoa. For inasmuch as such hybrids are obtained with difficulty even under the most favorable conditions we may reasonably suppose that the egg-plasm is more or less resistant or antagonistic to the entrance of a foreign sperm, and that because of this the smaller type of spermatozoon enters more readily, with the result that a male is produced.


1. With one exception, where one testis was greatly hypertrophied, the testes of the four guinea-chicken hybrids examined were of normal size.

2. Microscopic examination showed them to be abnormal, however. No spermatozoa were developed and the seminiferous tubules were few in number in most regions of the testis and often contained disintegrating and defective cells.

3. As in hybrid pigeons the critical point seemed to be the synaptic phase, the chromosomes of different parentage seemingly being unable to unite normally in many instances.

4. In spite of this difficulty, however, not a few first spermatocytes succeeded in passing through synapsis and subsequent division with more or less of an appearance of normality.

5. An accessory chromosome or X-element of the guinea (maternal species) type is present.

6. The X-element is of large size in the common fowl and consequently the mature spermatozoa without it are much smaller than the ones which bear it. It is suggested that inasmuch as males are produced only from eggs fertilized by a spermatozoon without the X-element, the great preponderance of males among such hybrid offspring may be due to the simple fact that the smaller type of spermatozoon can more readily penetrate a foreign, and hence more or less incompatible, egg-plasm.



1 Section of a testis of a guinea-chicken hybrid showing the narrow, atrophied seminiferous tubules separated by wide areas of interstitial substance. X 75.

2 Section of a testis of a guinea-chicken hybrid showing an island-like mass of seminiferous tubules, normal in size, in a broad field of connective tissue and stroma cells. X 75.

3 Section showing an area of the testis in one of the guinea-chicken hybrids in which, in places, the seminiferous tubules were almost as plentiful as in normal non-hybrid individuals. X 75.

4 Section of a testis of a guinea-chicken hybrid showing an inter-tubular area in which numerous cells were in various stages of maturation. Primary spermatocytes in process of division were not uncommon. X 75.

5 Metaphase of a dividing first spermatocyte of the langshan cock, fig. 5i being at a magnification of 750, and 56, 1500 diameters. The typical U-shaped element appears to be more of a V in the photograph, but this is due to the fact that when the ends of the chromosome were in focus as they are in the photograph, the bend of the U was depressed below the plane of focus, giving to the picture a sharp-angled appearance which the real object did not possess.

6 Metaphase of a dividing first spermatocyte of the guinea, viewed from one pole. The X-element is at the top and is plainly seen to be narrower at one end than at the other. It lay in such a position that its curved condition could not be shown by photography. X 1500.

7 Metaphase of a dividing first spermatocyte of the hybrid, viewed from one pole. What appears to be a long curved body at the top consists really of two chromosomes; one, at the base, a deeply-staining, rounded, ordinary chromosome, and the other the curved X-element. To show the curve of the latter the camera had to be so focussed as to blend the two images. Like that of the guinea, the X-element of the hybrid is seen to be narrower at one end. X 1500.

8 Side view of a first spermatocyte in the hybrid showing the cell ready for division with the X-element lying just above the level of the regular equatorial plate of chromosomes. The photograph does not reveal the curved shape of the element although this could readily be detected by manipulation of the fine adjustment of the microscope. X 1500.






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9 First spermatocytes of one of the hybrids showing the prevalent contraction phase at which the maturation process commonly came to a halt.

10 A stroma cell from the testis of one of the hybrids.

11, 12, 13, 14 Drawings showing the characteristic U-shape of the X-element of the langshan cock. Figs. 11, 12 and 13 represent division stages of first spermatocytes. Fig. 14 is from a smear preparation and shows the X-element at the equator of the spindle in a secondaiy spermatocyte ready for division. It divides lengthwise at this time.

15, 16, 17, 18 Drawings showing the characteristic comma- or pistol-shaped Xelement of the guinea. Fig. 17 is viewed from one pole.

19, 20, 21 , 22, 23 Drawings to show the X-element of the guinea-chicken hybrid, it will be observed that the X-element is of the guinea type. Fig. 20 is viewed from one pole.

























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I. introduction; the history of the egg before



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I. Introduction 62

II. The adults.

A. Habitat 66

B. General characteristics: size, form, coloration 67

. C. Breeding habits

1. Breeding season 68

2. External sexual characteristics 69

3. Sex ratio and sex segregation 69

4. The eggs

(a). General history of the eggs and their envelopes before

the time of spawning 71

(b). Oviposition, and nesting habits 73

(c). The newly-laid egg and its envelopes 74

o. The spermatozoon 81

6. The method of fertilization 82

7. The brooding habit 83

D. Summary 88

III. Methods and technique.

A. The collection and care of living material 89

B. Fixation and preservation 90

C. Sectioning and staining 94

IV. The external history of the egg before cleavage.

A. External changes preceding and accompanying maturation 96

B. Capacity of uterine eggs for fertilization 100

C. Changes visible from the surface during fertilization 101

D. Summary 106



V. The internal history of the egg before cleavage.

A. Ovogenesis 107

1. The formation of the follicle and the egg membranes 108

2. The establishment of polarity, and the progress of axial differ entiation 1 13

3. Resorption of ovocytes; the follicle cells in a phagocytic role. . 126

4. Organization of the ovocyte shortly before the appearance of

the germinal vesicle at the surface 128

B. Maturation.

1. The germinal vesicle at the surface 129

2. The dissolution of the germinal vesicle, and the formation of

the first polar spindle 130

3. The second polar spindle 134

4. The organization of the egg immediately before fertilization. . 137

C. Fertilization.

1. History of the egg-nucleus 138

2. History of the sperm-nucleus.

(a). Penetration of the egg by the spermatozoon 140

(b). Polyspermy, and the fate of the supernumerary spermatozoa 145

3. Union of the germ-nuclei, and the formation of the first polar

spindle. 146

4. Changes in the blastodisc 147

D. Summary 148

Bibliography 151


For more than a generation zoologists have eagerly sought for the embryological material of the hellbender, Cryptobranchus allegheniensis Daudin. Until quite recently these efforts have been conspicuously lacking in success. It seems remarkable that the life history of an animal so large, so abundant in localities easy of access, and so important from a phylogenetic point of view, should so long remain shrouded in mystery. But the same difficulty has been encountered in attempts to work out the natural history of several nearlj^ related forms. Eycleshymer ('06) says:

After years of persistent and patient effort Professor Whitman finally discovered the nests and eggs of Necturiis. Only those who have for years been baffled in their attempts to obtain the embryological material of other North American urodeles, such as Siren, Amphiuma, and Cryptobranchus can properly appreciate the enormity of the task.


In the case of Cryptobranchus the difficulty in finding embryological material seems to have been - enhanced by the unusual breeding season of the animal; the eggs are laid in the fall, while most amphibia spawn in the spring. Townsend ('82) published a general description of some fertilized eggs which he states were deposited in August. McGregor ('96) described very briefly an embryo 16 mm. in length, and ('99) stated that the eggs are deposited in August and September. Yet the information thus acquired in regard to the time of spawning seems not to have become generally known to others who were searching for the eggs. A suggestion might have been obtained from Sasaki's ('87) observation that the Japanese 'giant salamander,' Cryptobranchus japonicus (Megalobatrachus maximus Schlegel), deposits its eggs in August; but this also seems to have been overlooked. Reese ('04) succeeded in obtaining some unfertilized eggs, of which he gave the first detailed description.

The embryological record for Cryptobranchus allegheniensis remained almost a blank until 1906, when I published a preliminary report containing, besides a description of the sexual elements, a brief account of the external development during the cleavage stages. A later contribution (Smith, '07) , devoted chiefly to the habits, more particularly the breeding habits, included a very general account of the life history.

From a phylogenetic point of view great interest attaches to the amphibia; there is no doubt that they lie close to the extinct ancestral stock of the highest forms of vertebrate life. Concerning the origin of the amphibia themselves Kingsley ('99) says: All the facts of structure and development go to show that the amphibia have arisen from the crossopterygian ganoids, and that existing groups have descended from the stegocephali, each by its own line of ancestry." But when we inquire further, and attempt to trace more particularly the origin of any group of existing amphibia from an extinct form exhibiting affinities to the crossopterj^gii, we are landed at once in the midst of uncertainties. Confining our attention to the urodeles, we are confronted with the difficult question of the phylogenetic relationships of the different members of this group. The problem will be more


fully discussed in a later section; for the present it will be sufficient to call attention to one of its leading aspects. From existing urodeles we may select a series of forms illustrating all stages in a transition from an aquatic to a terrestrial mode of life, or vice versa. In which direction should the series be read? Or have we stated the question incorrectly, and have the urodeles reached their present condition, some from an aquatic, some from a terrestrial ancestry?

In studying this aspect of the phylogenetic problem our attention cannot fail to be attracted by Cryptobranchus. For here we have a urodele whose entire life is spent in the water, characterized by persistent gill slits, the most primitive brain (Osborn, '88), and external fertilization (Smith, '07). On the other hand Cryptobranchus is known to possess, deciduous external gills, functional lungs, and a method of locomotion by crawling on the bottom which suggests a former terrestrial habit. Is Cryptobranchus primitively aquatic, or does it come down to us bearing evidence of a former land-living existence? An answer to this question would go far in advancing our knowledge of the phylogeny of the entire group.

In the solution of our phylogenetic problem comparative anatomy, paleontology and embryology must work together. It is the embryological evidence that has hitherto been most conspicuously lacking. Notwithstanding the important position of the aquatic urodeles, it is here that we find one of the widest gaps in our knowledge of comparative embryology. Not only has the development of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis remained undescribed, but little or nothing is known concerning the embryology of most of its near relatives. Very recently, it is true, considerable progress has been made in the study of the embryology of Cryptobranchus japonicus, but part of this work was done on very scanty material, and the field is by no means exhausted. Of the development of Amphiuma and Siren practically nothing is known. Some results have been obtained with special problems in the development of Necturus, but the life history has not been covered in a comprehensive manner. For a study of the ])hylogenetic relations of these forms a knowledge of the development in its


general aspects as well as along special lines is imperative ; and in no other form do the embryological data promise to shed greater light on phylogenetic problems than in the case of Cryptobranchus.

For the analysis of developmental processes from a morphogeiletic point of view the eggs of Cryptobranchus present certain favorable features. One of these is the presence of a larger amount of yolk than is known in the egg of any other amphibian ; they are thus favorable objects for the study of the influence of yolk on development. The eggs, moreover, are lacking in pigment, and the early segregation of the yolk gives a translucency to parts of the embryo even in the gastrula stage, enabling one to study satisfactorily in the living egg some of the internal features of development. The embryo is found to respond admirably to the influence of chemicals modifying the course of development; for certain experiments of this sort it gives results decidedly more definite than have been obtained with the embryo of the frog.

The present contribution is to be followed by other parts dealing with the embryonic and larval development.

This investigation has been pursued under a great variety of circumstances, and with many protracted interruptions due to the pressure of other work. Field work on the habits of Cryptobranchus, the collection and preservation of material, and the study of the living egg, have been carried on each autumn ('05'11 inclusive) in northwestern Pennsylvania. For comparison with Cryptobranchus, I have collected embryological material of Necturus during the seasons of 1910 and 1911, from Lake Monona, Wisconsin. Laboratory work, principally on preserved material, begun in the Zoological Laboratory of the University of Michigan ('05-07), has been continued in the zoological laboratories of Lake Forest College ('07), Syracuse University ('08-09), the Bureau of Fisheries at Woods Hole (summer of 1908), the University of Wisconsin ('09-11), and Columbia University ('11-12). To the directors of these respective laboratories I wish to express my sincere thanks for uniform courtesy in placing the resources of each institution at my disposal. To Professor Bashford Dean, under, whose direction the work is being


carried on during the present year, I am profoundly indebted for his constant encouragement, kindly criticism, and valuable advice; for this I desire to record my grateful appreciation.


Cryptobranchus allegheniensis was found abundantly in the Brokenstraw Creek, a tributary to the Allegheny River, in northwestern Pennsylvania. The most favorable locality extends from the confluence with the Allegheny five or six miles upstream. The stream has a rather rapid descent, and a gravelly or rocky bottom. Shallow and rocky rapids make up the greater part of its course, alternating with areas of deeper and more quiet water.

As a rule, Cryptobranchus is found more abundantly in rather shallow and rapid water, where large flat rocks afford suitable cover. Usually the animals lie concealed in cavities under these rocks. As more than one individual is seldom found under a single rock, we conclude that its life is in general a solitary one. Cryptobranchus rarely comes out of its hiding place in the daytime, except in the spring and early summer and during the breeding season (the first two weeks of September). At night they venture abroad in large numbers ; they are then seen by fishermen spearing by torchlight, who commonly report them in the deeper and more quiet water.

The cavity or cavern used for a more or less permanent dwellingplace has a rock for its roof and the gravelly bed of the stream for its floor. In perhaps the majority of cases, ready-made cavities are chosen as homes, and these are reached by a natural opening. But the cavity sometimes bears evidence of having been in part hollowed out by the animal, and is occasionally reached by a single tunnel-like entrance on the down-stream side of the rock; this is more often the case in cavities used for spawning purposes.

There is a striking similarity between the habitat of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis and that of the 'giant salmander' of Japan as described and figured by Ishikawa ('04).



1. Size

Out of the many hundreds of adults captured, the largest male (September 3, '08) measured 60 cm. (23| inches) long and weighed 2| pounds. The largest female captured (September 3, '09) weighed exactly 3 pounds. The latter animal unfortunately escaped from the aquarium in which it was confined and was not measured; probably it was no longer than the longest male, but heavier because distended with eggs. Professor McGregor reports a specimen 25 inches long, taken from the Scioto River.

The great majority of specimens captured by me were much smaller; specimens of about 30 to 50 cm. were most frequently taken. The smallest sexually mature male measured 30 cm.; the smallest mature female 35 cm.

2. Form

As compared with the young, the adult is more flattened dorsoventrally — an adaptation to life in shallow crevices. The head particularly shows this flattening: it is wedge-shaped as viewed from the side, a form which enables the animal to force its soft body into very shallow crevices.

Moreover, as compared with the young, the adult is distinguished by a general looseness and wrinkling of the skin at the sides of the body, forming broad lateral horizontal folds; and by similar flaps of skin on the posterior sides of the limbs. During locomotion these folds and flaps undulate in the water, contributing to the uncouth appearance of the animal.

3. Coloration

Young sexually mature individuals vary little in color or color pattern. The ground color is dull brown, with conspicuous black spots and less conspicuous yellow spots scattered over the dorsal and lateral surfaces. Both kinds of spots are irregular in size and form. The coloration of young adults is practically that of



immature specimens from 16 cm. body length upwards; in these stages the spots are more conspicuous than in the larvae or the older adults. In the older, full-grown specimens the general color effect may vary in two ways : it may become either greenish-brown or decidedly reddish brown. As stated by Reese ('03) these variations in color occur in both sexes.


1 . Breeding season

The following data indicate the beginning of the breeding season, as shown by the deposition of eggs, in northwestern Pennsylvania during a series of years :

1906 August 30 1909 August 29

1907 September 8 1910 September 1

1908 August 28 1911 September 4

The summer of 1907 was an unusually 'late season' as regards vegetation as well as the breeding season of Cryptobranchus. This indicates the probability that climatic conditions influence the time of spawning.

Egg-laying continues for a period of about two weeks. At the end of this time females have in a few instances been taken with the full complement of ripe eggs still in the ovary and showing signs of degeneration.

The occurrence of the breeding season of Cryptobranchus in the fall is in marked contrast to the habitfe of nearly all other urodeies. Some other urodeles which have a late breeding season are C. japonicus, which according to several authors (Sasaki, '87; Kerbert, '04; Ishikawa, '04; de Bussy '04 and '05) lays its eggs during the latter part of August and the early part of September; and Amphiuma, which according to McGregor ('99) breeds in midsummer. Among the anura, Scaphiopus holbrookii spawns during the slimmer, the time varying from June to August (Pike, '86; Hargitt, '88).


2. External sexual characteristics

The adult male may be recognized (Reese, '04) by the presence of a swollen ring about the cloaca, due to glands beneath the skin. This swelling is quite prominent during, and for a few weeks before the breeding season. I found it difficult to distinguish by external characteristics the sexes of a few specimens taken during the first week of July; during the latter part of July the males could easily be distinguished by the presence of the cloacal swelling. In a few males obtained and examined during the early part of November, the swelling was less pronounced than is usually the case during the breeding season. Females are characterized by the entire absence of the cloacal protuberance found in the male; also, the abdomen of the gravid female is slightly swollen.

3. Sex ratio and sex segregation

As a general rule, fewer females than males have been captured. The record of the sex of the great number of adults captured during the progress of the work is not complete, but the conclusion reached by later work is that the original ratio of 1 : 8 determined (Smith '07) during the fall of 1906 is much too large. In a series of years the proportion of females to males captured is about 1 : 2 or 1:3. These results are of course not conclusive as to the actual sex ratio; as will presently be explained, the sex ratio in the specimens captured varies for different times and places, and the true ratio may be disguised by the occurrence of seasonal segregation of the females from the more accessible localities.

In studying the distribution of the sexes throughout the year a distinction must be made between localities which experience has shown are chosen as breeding grounds, and other localities unsuited for breeding purposes. The breeding grounds are characterized by shallow water, a moderate current, and the presence of large flat rocks affording cover for cavities protected from the current. Elsewhere a swifter current, smaller rocks barely large enough to serve as cover, or deeper pools of quiet water, afford conditions in which Cryptobranchus can live, but which are not adapted for purposes of reproduction.


Studies of the sex ratio indicate a more or less perfect segregation of the sexes at certain seasons of the year. A dozen adults captured in June on the breeding grounds, by an assistant, proved to be all males. During the summer, search of the breeding grounds results in the capture of a few females and a much larger number of males; in localities unsuited for breeding one is more likely to find females, and males are seldom found in their immediate vicinity. Just before the breeding season one is more likely to find females on the breeding grounds, but the males are still considerably in excess, and there is apparently a tendency for the sexes to occur in groups: within a restricted area one may find only males, while within another area a short distance away one may find only females. At the height of the breeding season, both sexes are found on the breeding grounds in more nearly equal numbers.

For some days or weeks after the close of the breeding season the male remains in possession of the nest; females have never been found in nests containing eggs. At this time females have been found in considerable numbers in localities unsuitable for breeding, with no males in their immediate vicinity.

The general results of the studies of the sex ratio and the distribution of the sexes indicate that the males abound in localities suitable for breeding, throughout the year, and that they are less numerous elsewhere; it is positively established that the males alone are in possession of the nests after spawning takes place; and it is probable that there is a more or less perfect segregation of the females from the breeding grounds during a period extending from the close of the breeding season until the middle of the following summer.

In Necturus, segregation of the sexes at a certain season of the year seems to be more complete than is ever the case with Cryptobranchus allegheniensis. Eycleshymer ('06) says:

In the autumn they are found in pairs or small groups. From this fact and others to be recorded later it is inferred that this is the mating

season During egg-laying [in the spring] the males

are never found with the females, and Avhere they remain is unknown.


4- The eggs

{a). General history of the eggs and their enoelopes before the time of spawning. In an adult female of average size about 450 eggs are matured each season — 225 from each ovary. In general the number is greater in the larger and presumably older females than in the smaller ones. At the approach of the breeding season the eggs which are about to become mature are readily distinguishable from the others by their much greater size and yolk content. The liberation of these eggs from the ovary and their passage down the oviduct takes place shortly before spawning. The exact date varies considerably in different individuals; for a week or ten days after the first cases of spawning, females may be found with mature eggs all still in place in the ovaries. The process of liberation of the eggs and their passage down the oviduct, once begun, must be accomplished with considerable rapidity; for out of more than a hundred females opened and examined during the breeding season in the course of several years, only four have been found in which the process was actually taking place. This state of affairs is in marked contrast to the condition in Bufo, where according to King ('05) the great majority of specimens collected soon after they had emerged from their hibernation contained eggs free in the body cavity. In three out of the four cases above mentioned for Cryptobranchus, eggs were found along the entire route: some still in place in the ovary; some free in the body cavity, for the most part collected at its anterior end, near the opening of the oviduct; others forming a procession down the oviduct; the remainder aggregated in the uterus. In the fourth case, the ripening eggs were found only in the body cavity, oviduct and uterus. The process takes place on the two sides of the body simultaneously.

During their passage down the oviduct the eggs receive their gelatinous outer envelopes, the product of the oviduct. At the upper end of the oviduct, the eggs collect in masses; a httle further down, they are arranged in a solid row. In these parts of the oviduct the covering is absent or just beginning; the eggs are very soft, and elongated by pressure of the walls of the oviduct. In


the middle and lower portions of the oviduct the eggs are distributed at fairly equal intervals; here the envelope is well formed, and consists of a capsule about each egg, and a slender connecting cord, giving a general resemblance to a string of beads.

After their descent through the oviduct, the eggs of each side of the body form a single string aggregated in a much twisted and tangled mass in the uterus. Considered as individuals without regard to their sequence in the string, the eggs display a striking regularity in their arrangment in the uterus, being packed in parallel spiral rows; but this is merely the result of mechanical pressure, as the string pursues a very sinuous and complicated course throughout the mass.

The egg capsules at the end of the uterus nearest the cloaca, hence those first formed, do not contain eggs; those nearest the oviduct, hence the last formed, are likewise devoid of eggs. These empty egg capsules are in general smaller than those that contain eggs, with a regular gradation in size from those at the extremity of the cord, which are scarcely more than a millimeter in diameter, up to those nearest the egg-containing capsules, where the diameter is only slightly less than normal. However small the size, these capsules are always perfectly formed, with a central spherical space; they are never solid. The 'empty' capsules contain a small amount of coelomic fluid in which are distinguishable under the microscope leucocytes, erythrocytes and yolk corpuscles. A cloudy mass of fluid with the same constituents occurs in the upper part of the uterus, outside of the egg envelopes. Similar capsules devoid of eggs are the 'wind eggs,' known in various vertebrates: birds, reptiles, sharks, chimaeroids.

As a result of experimental studies on the nature of the stimulus which causes the shell to be formed about the hen's egg, Pearl ('09) reached the following conclusions: (a) the stimulus which sets the shell-secreting glands of the fowl's oviduct into activity is mechanical rather than chemical in its nature; (b) the formation of a shell on the hen's egg is brought about by a strictly local reflex, and is not immediately dependent upon the activity of other portions of the reproductive system (nervous impulse or hormone formation). In this connection it is interesting to note


that in Cryptobranchus the mechanical stimulus can hardly be the true cause of the formation of the capsule, since capsules are formed when only a small drop of coelomic fluid is present. Moreover it is here observed that coelomic fluid may pass down the oviduct without becoming enclosed in such capsules; on the other hand, every egg is provided with a capsule.

When distended with eggs, the uterus is spindle-shaped, about 10 cm. long, with a transverse diameter of about 4 cm. at its widest part. Its thin walls have a rich blood supply.

Apparently the eggs do not, as a rule, remain long in the uterus before spawning takes place. During the breeding season comparatively few females are found having eggs in the uteri; the majority of the females captured are either spent or with eggs still in place in the ovaries. Eggs taken from the uteri are, in the great majority of cases, capable of artificial fertilization; this subject will be more fully discussed later.

(b). Oviposition, and nesting habits. Under strictly natural conditions egg-laying takes place under cover of rocks in the bed of the stream ; but in creek aquaria, arranged to afford conditions as natural as possible without too much cover, the process has been repeatedly observed.

Egg-laying begins slowly, a short string of eggs sometimes protruding from the cloaca for several hours before spawning begins in earnest. In the natural habitat, such short strings of eggs are often found in the open. Later, two long strings of eggs proceed slowly from the cloaca, one from each uterus; the majority of the eggs are then deposited more rapidly, in multiple strands, the process requiring less than five minutes. When egg-lajdng is completed, the strings are usually twisted together in a single tangled mass.

The 'nest' of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis has already been described as either a burrow or a natural cavity under a rock which is wholly or partially submerged. The eggs are not fastened in any way, but are protected by this sheltered position from being swept away by the current.

The nests of Cryptobranchus japonicus have been described by Ishikawa ('04), and closely resemble those of C. allegheniensis.


Das Tier legte seine Eier in tiefe horizontal verlaufcnde Locher, in denen das Wasser sehr ruhig ist. Manchmal is soldi ein Loch 10 oder mehr Fuss tief und kaum fiir das Licht zugiinglieh. Die Brutstellen flir die Eier sind aber nicht iinmer so tief. Oft fand ich Eier in einem Loch nicht tiefcr als 3 oder 4 Fuss. Oeffnet man ein solches Loch, so findet man eine abgerundete Stelle, deren Boden ganz rein gehalten ist.

The nesting habits of Necturus have been described by Eycleshymer ('06), and the writer ('11). The eggs are attached singly by their gelatinous envelopes to the under side of a rock, board, or other object lying at the bottom of the water (figs. 55 and 56).

The eggs of Amphiuma found by Hay ('88 and '90) in an Arkansas swamp were in a comparatively dry situation, in a small excavation under a log several rods from the nearest water.

Brief reference to the nesting habits of some other amphibia has been made in previous papers (Smith, '06 and '07) . Very remarkable are the nesting habits of the anuran Phyllomedusa, described by Budgett ('99); the eggs are deposited in a pocket made by bringing together the edges of a leaf overhanging the water.

Amongst the dipnoi, the nest of Protopterus (Budgett, '01 a and '01 b) is an oval hole filled with water and surrounded by swampy ground. The nest is at first entirely submerged, but by the partial drying up of the swamp it is left as an isolated pool. Lepidosiren (Kerr, '00) nests in a veritable burrow excavated in the black peaty soil of the swamp.

Nesting habits are well known in many teleosts, and in Amia (Dean, '96 ; Reighard '03) . According to Budgett ('Ola) the ci^ossopterygian Polypterus probably makes no nest, and certainly lays but few eggs at a time, these being scattered broadcast through the thick vegetation of the flooded grass lands. Comparison with Cryptobranchus suggests the possibility that these scattered eggs are but preliminary attempts at egg-laying,

(c). The newly-laid egg and its envelopes. (Figs. 54, 1 and 2.) In eggs taken from the uterus, the outer egg envelope or capsule fits closely about the egg proper; the envelopes are flaccid and much wrinkled. The capsule of the newly-laid egg takes up water rapidly; in the course of one or two hours a space, filled with fluid, appears between the egg and its capsule, sufficient to enable the egg to orient itself with the animal pole uppermost.



The egg proper is perfectly spherical when fresh, but it gradually becomes slightly oblate from the effects of gravity. It is about the size of a pea, and bright yellow in color — a rather deep yellow at the lower pole, grading to a very pale yellow at the upper. The general intensity of the yellow color varies considerably in eggs of different spawnings, but is quite uniform in eggs from the same female. The absence of black pigment is probably correlated with the fact that the eggs are laid in darkness: the

Fig. 1 Eggs and egg envelopes of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, natural size. op. h., opaque body; lam. z., lamellar zone of envelope.

! Fig. 2 Optical longitudinal section through the lamellar zone of the envelope in the region of junction of the egg capsule with the connecting cord. X 13.

Fig. 3 Spermatozoon. X 500. vi., middle piece.


eggs of Necturus, Plethodon, Spelerpes and Desmognathus, which are also laid under cover, are likewise unpigmented.

A very thin and transparent' 'vitelline membrane'^ — the zona pellucida of the ovocyte — closely invests the egg; it is quite inconspicuous in fresh material. This is not the true cell wall of the egg, which, as described in detail on page 112 lies immediately within the vitelline membrane and represents in a modified form the zona radiata of the ovocyte.

Proceeding from within outward, the coverings of the egg may be enumerated as follows: (a) the cell wall; (b) the vitelline membrane lying in close contact with the preceding; and (c) the capsule or thick gelatinous outer envelope, which is separated from the vitelline membrane by a space filled with fluid.

During the first few hours after fertilization the capsule gradually becomes turgid by osmosis, becoming in this way a much more efficient protection to the egg; the space between the egg and its capsule is increased by the absorption of water and in this the egg almost floats, resting lightly on the lower inner surface of the capsule. When the eggs are removed from water the egg proper looks much larger than it really is, because magnified by the spherical capsule.

For a day or two the envelopes are quite soft and somewhat viscous, making it rather difficult to cut them with scissors in order to remove the eggs. Gradually the material of the envelopes becomes firmer. The connecting cord is at first quite elastic, but it loses this quality to a considerable extent after prolonged immersion in water.

Until after the eggs have been in water for several days, the outer layers of the envelopes are still cast into wavy folds or wrinkles, usually extending spirally about the capsules and the connecting cord. As a rule the spiral is constant in the direction in which it extends about the axis of the string in all portions of the cord and capsule. These spiral folds are usually most strongly marked at the ends of the cord adjacent to the capsule, and here they often persist (fig. 1), suggesting the chalazae of the hen's egg.


The envelope is perfectly transparent when fresh, except that wherever viewed tangentially its inner layers have a misty appearance, represented by the shaded zone in fig. 1, and due to a fine lamellar structure sketched in optical section in fig. 2. The misty appearance is caused by the diffusion of light passing through these concentric layers in a direction tangential to their surfaces. The core or axis of the connecting cord has the same misty appearance, due to a continuation of the lamellar structure. The various layers or lamellae of the gelatinous envelope are in intimate contact; there is no fluid-filled space between them such as occurs between the capsule and the vitelline membrane.

The inner layer of the lamellar core of the cord in some cases exhibits a marked twisted or spiral arrangement, like that of the inner portion of the cord connecting the eggs of Ichthyophis as described by the Sarasins ('87-'93).

The eggs of a given spawning are fairly uniform in size, but there is considerable variation in the size of eggs from different parents. The average dimensions of the living egg and its envelopes, after two days' immersion in water, are as follows:

Diameter of egg proper 6.2 mm.

Diameter of egg with envelope 18 mm.

Diameter of connecting cord 5 mm.

Distance of one egg from another, measured from center to center

along the cord, about 30 mm.

A few egg capsules, particularly among the empty ones, are double, formed by the union of two capsules without a connecting cord. In such cases the cavities of the two capsules are usually separated only by a thin gelatinous septum; but all gradations occur between this condition and that in which two capsules are connected by an unusually short cord. Rarely, three capsules are closely approximated.

I have found a few instances in which two eggs occurred in the cavity of one simple capsule, without any separation by a gelatinous membrane. It would seem possible that double embryos might be formed in this way, by the fusion of the yolk masses of two such eggs; but this could not account for the only double


embryo that I have found in nature, for in this ease, to be described later, each embryo is half the normal size.

After fertilization, numerous spermatozoa are found imbedded in the egg capsule, and floating in the liquid between the capsule and the egg; they also occur in capsules that do not contain eggs. The spermatozoa occur singly, not in masses, and they are entirely absent from eggs taken from the uterus. Fertilization occurs only after the eggs have been deposited in the water (Smith, '07).

An envelope so tough and thick as that of Cryptobranchus must exert a decided selective power with regard to the spermatozoa; of a considerable number of spermatozoa simultaneously coming in contact with the envelope, the most vigorous, as well as the ones structurally best adapted, would succeed in first entering the egg.

Floating in the liquid between each egg and its envelope, there occurs a fairly large irregular and slightly opaque mass, in appearance like a faint white cloud (see fig. 1 ; this mass is also faintly shown in the photograph, fig. 54). Under the microscope it is found to consist of a clear viscous matrix in which are imbedded numerous leucocytes and occasionally a few erythrocytes. In fertilized eggs, this mass, which I have called ('07) the 'opaque body' sometimes contains spermatozoa, but they are not restricted to it, nor especially numerous in it. The opaque body is uniformly present in eggs that do not contain spermatozoa.

A mass similar in general appearance and location to that described above as the opaque body, is figured by Ishikawa ('04) within the egg capsule of Cryptobranchus japonicus. In the text he refers to these masses as 'Samenhaufen,' and speaks of the presence of spermatozoa within the egg capsules as evidence of internal fertilization. He considers it improbable that the spermatozoa are able to penetrate the egg capsule, and supposes that they are taken up into the oviduct before the egg capsules are formed.

DeBussy ('04, p. 11) found a mass ('vlokje') of similar appearance within the capsules of unfertilized eggs of C. japonicus. Under the microscope he found the mass to consist of a slimy substance containing red blood corpuscles and yolk granules, but


no spermatozoa. He concludes that the presence of spermatozoa is not essentia] to the formation of the mass, but that they may merely form an element of it; hence that the name 'Samenhaufen' is scarcely justified. This conclusion is in essential agreement with my results on C. allegheniensis ; it seems therefore that the masses called 'Samenhaufen' in C. japonicus by Ishikawa are of the same nature as the 'opaque bodies' of C. allegheniensis, and like them of no significance in fertilization. The opaque body apparently consists of coelomic fluid that has escaped into the oviduct.

The egg strings of Cryptobranchus japonicus as described by Ishikawa ('04) and deBussy ('04) closely resemble in structure those of C. allegheniensis. Both eggs and capsules of the Japanese form are slightly larger; according to Ishikawa the egg proper is about 7 mm. in diameter, and the capsule varies from 20 to 25 mm. in diameter in different spawnings.

The egg capsules of Amphiuma as described by Hay ('88 and '90) have the same general structure as those of Cryptobranchus. For an opportunity to examine one of Hay's specimens of the embryological material of Amphiuma, I am indebted to Prof. C. W. Hargitt, to whom the specimen had been presented by the finder. The egg capsule has a glistening surface like isinglass; it is thinner and apparently tougher, and the connecting cord more slender, than in Cryptobranchus. These peculiarities may be due in part to preservation in alcohol, which tends to produce the same condition in the envelopes of Cryptobranchus; but my impression is that the egg capsules of Amphiuma are better adapted to retain moisture when exposed to the air.

Other amphibians whose egg capsules are fastened together like a string of beads are Alytes, Ichthyophis, and Hypogeophis (Brauer '97).

The general appearance of the egg capsules of Necturus is shown in figs. 55 and 56; some further details of structure are shown in fig. 4. There are three layers to the gelatinous envelope : (a) a comparatively thin but very dense inner layer, consisting of several lamellae; (b) a thicker median layer of moderate density, consisting of many lamellae; and (c) a very thick outer layer of



homogeneous material, much less dense than either of the preceding. This outer layer is produced to form the stalk by which the capsule is attached to some solid object. As seen in optical section, the lamellae of the two inner layers have a somewhat sinuous or wavy outline. Leaving the stalk out of account, the entire structure bears a close resemblance to the gelatinous envelopes of the frog's egg. In the early stages of development of the embryo, the dense inner layer of the capsule fits so closely that it is not clearly differentiated from the embryo; this layer is best

Fig. 4 Optical section through an egg capsule, and surface view of an embryo, of Necturus. The embryo is shown in a stage with neural folds, when the capsule is slightly separated from it by a space filled with water. X 4.

studied after the embryo has passed the gastrula stage, when a narrow space, filled with liquid, appears between the embryo and its capsule (see fig. 4). This space is not strictly homologous with the similar space that appears much earlier in the egg of Cryptobranchus; for in Cryptobranchus the space appears between the gelatinous envelope and the vitelline membrane (zona pellucida of the ovarian egg) which remains in close contact with the egg, while in Necturus the vitelline membrane apparently func


tions as the innermost lamella of the capsule. The entire inner layer of the capsule of Necturus has a tough consistency similar to that of the vitelline membrane of Cryptobranchus ; this perhaps is the reason why it is so slow in enlarging.

In Necturus the egg proper is slightly smaller than that of Cryptobranchus; in the early cleavage stages it measures about 5.8 mm. in diameter.

A general description of the gelatinous envelopes of several species of Amblystoma has been given in a previous paper (Smith '11).

5. The sperm

The spermatozoon- (fig. 3) has been figured by Reese ('04), who fails, however, to picture the middle-piece. The spermatozoon is about 225/i long, and stout in structure as compared with the spermatozoa of Amblystoma and Diemyctylus. The head, excepting the acrosome, stains deeply with Delafield's haematoxylin. The acrosome appears to be uniformly tapering, not spear-shaped as in Amphiuma (described by McGregor, '99). As stated by McGregor ('99) the middle-piece in Cryptobranchus is very short in comparison with that of other urodeles. The tail-piece is provided with an undulating membrane, bordered with a convoluted filament.

The ripe spermatozoon is motile, as regards both shaft and filament ; but the spermatozoon as a whole is not so flexible as the more slender spermatozoa of Amblystoma and Diemyctylus. This greater rigidity of the spermatozoon is perhaps correlated with the method of fertilization: the spermatozoon must penetrate the tough and thick egg capsule after a brief exposure of the latter to the hardening effects of water.

In seminal fluid obtained from occasional individuals, an oval mass of granular protoplasm, about IS/x by 16/^, surrounds the posterior part of the head of the spermatozoon. The long axis of this bead-like mass coincides with that of the spermatozoon. I have found a similar mass of protoplasm present in spermatozoa from some individuals of Amblystoma punctatum, but here the oval mass usually occurs about the junction of the head and mid


dlo-piece. Probably the condition observed in the two species represents a late developmental stage of the spermatozoon — the metamorphosis of the spermatid into the spermatozoon is not quite complete.

The amount of seminal fluid present at one time in the vasa deferentia of a ripe male is very great in proportion to the size of the animal^ — a condition correlated, doubtless, with external fertilization. In one instance 20 cc. of seminal fluid was readily stripped from a single male.

6. The method of fertilization

The method of fertilization (external) has already been described (Smith, '07) ; subsequent observations have supplemented this account only in the fact, discussed later, that a single male may spawn with more than one female.

The method of external fertilization is well adapted to the normal breeding conditions. The 'nest' of Cryptobranchus consists of a hollow under rocks, a confined space protected from the current, and filled with very quiet water. As has been shown, the amount of milt that may be discharged at one time by a single male is considerable; in the case of a pair that spawned while being carried in a pail of water, it was sufficient to turn several quarts of water milky white. Such a quantity of sperm set free in the confined space of the nest would become diffused, especially when stirred about by the movements of the animals, so that every egg would be quickly reached and fertilized. As a matter of fact, few unfertilized eggs are found.

So far as I have been able to learn, this is the only case of external fertilization recorded for the urodeles. The inconclusive observations of Kerbert ('04) on Cryptobranchus japonicus, and Kunitomo ('10) on Hynobius, suggests to me that external fertilization may take place in these forms.

In Necturus, from the observations of Kingsbury ('95) it seems certain that internal fertilization takes place. A compound receptaculum seminis or spermatheca is present in the feraale; spermatozoa have been found in these spermathecae during the


fall and winter, which suggests an autumnal fertilization, though it is possible that spermatozoa are left over from a spring fertilization. The method of transference of the seminal fluid from the male to the seminal receptacle of the female is unknown.

The breeding habits of some urodeles in which internal fertilization takes place by means of spermatophores (e.g., Amblystoma punctatum and Diemyctylus) have been considered by the writer in former papers (Smith, '07, '10 and '11). FertiUzation is external in the anura, internal in the apoda.

In the elasmobranchs and holocephali, fertilization is internal. In the crossopterygian Polypterus (Harrington, '99; Kerr, '07 b), during the breeding season the anal fin of the male is modified in such a manner as to suggest internal fertilization; or possibly it serves to direct the sperm against the stream of eggs issuing from the female. Nothing conclusive is known regarding the method of fertilization in the dipnoi. In teleostean fishes, with a few exceptions, fertilization is external; e.g., as in Chrosomus (Smith, '08).

The question whether external fertilization in Cryptobranchus is primitive or secondarily acquired will be discussed under phylogenetic considerations in a later section.

7. The brooding habit

In a previous paper (Smith, '07) a paternal brooding habit was described for Cryptobranchus. This was observed in aquaria, and more extensively under natural conditions.

The data on the existence of a paternal brooding habit under natural conditions, while necessarily incomplete, are quite conclusive. In one case, a male occupying a nest containing eggs was observed to fight and drive away several males and a spent female which were attempting to enter the nest (Smith, '07); in another case, a male occupying a nest containing eggs was observed to oppose the attempt of a single male to enter the nest. It is not always possible to tell whether an adult is present in the nest; the rock may be too large to overturn, and while the eggs may be obtained by tilting the rock with a crow-bar, this method



is not always successful in dislodging the adult. In cases where the rock is lifted and overturned, the water is discolored and the hellbender, aided by its protective coloration and the swift current, may escape. When seen, however, it may usually be captured. A record kept for six years ('06-' 11) shows that from twenty-nine nests containing eggs a male was captured in ten cases, a female never.

The duration of the brooding habit has not been definitely determined, and perhaps varies greatly. In different nests in which a male was present, eggs were found in various stages of development up to about three weeks old; unfortunately I was obliged to discontinue field work at a date varying from two to four we^ks after the beginning of the breeding season. In no case where the eggs were in an advanced stage of development can it be recorded that the male had been continuously present, or even that he was the same male that fertilized the eggs; but the entire absence of females from nests containing eggs is significant.

With regard to the origin of this paternal brooding instinct two suggestions (Smith, '07) were made: (a) the brooding instinct may have originated in connection with the feeding habit ; or (b) in holding the nest the male may be primarily concerned in awaiting the coming of another ripe female. Both views assumed that in Cryptobranchus we have an example of the brooding habit in an incipient state. Further observations indicate that the brooding habit is well estabhshed and manifested as a distinct impulse from the moment of fertilization; its origin is thus thrown back into the remote past, and concerning it we can only speculate.

The evidence for the first interpretation may be briefly stated as follows : Both sexes are voracious eaters of the newly-laid eggs ; during the spawning season the majority of the adults taken have the stomach filled with eggs. There is evidence that the females, when opportunity is afforded, gorge themselves with eggs more freely than the males. The number of eggs found in the stomach of a single adult usually ranges from fifteen to twenty-five, a number sometimes greatly exceeded in the stomachs of spent females. In one case, in which the body of a spent female appeared greatly swollen, the stomach was found to be greatly dis


tended with eggs. When removed and measured by displacement of water, the stomach and its contents were found to have a bulk of over 200 cc. The mouth also was full of eggs, and strings of eggs protruded from the pharyngeal openings. The quantity of eggs present seemed to represent almost an entire spawning. The feat of swallowing such a quantity of eggs would seem possible only if they were taken before the swelling of their envelopes.

The digestive processes of the hellbender are extremely slow, and I have taken undigested eggs from the stomach a week after they were eaten. Under these conditions the presence of a single male hellbender in the nest is in the main protective. On account of the small number of eggs eaten at once, and the slowness of his digestive processes, fewer eggs are eaten than would be the case if other hellbenders, and especially the spent females, had free access to the nest.

As previously noted, a male has been observed to fight and drive away a spent female and several males that were attempting to enter the nest. The male in such cases has the advantage over the female because of the weakened condition of the latter; as regards the other males, he has the advantage of position.

The facts suggest that the male, in thus driving away others of his own kind, may be primarily concerned in guarding his own food supply; this guarding habit may become modified into a true brooding instinct. But it is difficult to believe that the male, after having filled his stomach with eggs, would any longer be concerned with the fate of the remaining eggs on account of their value as food.

According to the second interpretation, the male may hold the nest in expectation of the coming of another ripe female; an extension of this habit may give rise to the brooding instinct. According to this view, the brooding instinct has its origin in the breeding habit.

The reception of a ripe female by a male guarding eggs has not been directly observed, but the following data afford sufficient evidence on this subject: Out of twenty-nine nests examined during the seasons of 1906-1911 inclusive, eleven were found to contain eggs of at least two different spawnings, the product of


different females. The eggs were in different stages of development, hence fertilized at different times. In two cases the number of eggs present in a single nest was sufficient to represent at least three spawnings by different females. It is possible to determine this with considerable certainty, for the number of eggs matured by a single female each season is limited, and these are all laid at one time. Moreover it is known that the intensity of the yellow color of the eggs is constant for all the eggs of a single female, but varies considerably in eggs from different individuals. In view of the observed vigilance and effectiveness of the male in possession of the nest in driving away other males, it is highly improbable that successive pairs of adults have occupied the nest; hence the facts indicate that the same male has spawned with successive females.

The second hypothesis seems supported by better evidence than the first; but while it is entirely possible that such may have been the origin of the habit in the remote past, there is evidence that at present the eggs are the object of paternal care from the time of fertilization, and this brooding instinct is only temporarily overcome by hunger or diverted by the breeding instinct. The behavior of males breeding in aquaria strongly suggests this: after fertilizing the eggs the male usually remains close beside them or crawls under or amongst them.

Concerning the brooding behavior of some specimens of Cryptobranchus japonicus in captivity Kerbert ('04) says:

Nach Beendigung der Eiablage legte sich das Weibchen offenbar in grosstcr Ermattung in eine Ecke des Behalters hin und kiinmierte .sich um das Gelege gar nicht mehr. Das Mannchen hingegen hat seitdem die Eiermasse nicht verlassen- — ja sogar die Brut fortwdhrend bewacht. Denn sobald das Weibchen die Eiermasse zu nahe kam, stiirzte das Mannchen in sichtbarer Wut auf die Mutter los und

vertrieb sie kriecht der Mannliche Riesensalamander

zwischen den verschiedenen Strangen der Eiermasse hindurch und blcibt dan von der Eiermasse umhullt liegen, oder er legt sich einfach ncben die Eiermasse hin. In beidcn Fallen aber halt er, hauptsiichlich durch eine pendelartige Bewegung des ganzcn Korpers, von Zeit zu Zeit die ganze Eiermasse in Bewegung. Durch diese Bewegung cntsteht eine fiir den Atmungsi)rozess der Eier und Embryonen hochst wichtige Wasserstromung, wahrend die Lage der Eiermasse hierdurch gleichzeitig fortwahrend wechselt.


It thus appears that the paternal brooding instinct in both species of Cryptobranchus is manifested from the moment the eggs are fertihzed, though in C. allegheniensis at least it may be temporarily inhibited or overcome by hunger or by the breeding instinct. The brooding habit of Cryptobranchus is undoubtedly very old, and we must look to other forms to find examples of it in the incipient condition.

According to Whitman ('98) there are three distinct elements in brooding behavior: (a) the disposition to remain with or over the eggs; (b) the disposition to resist and to drive away enemies ; and (c) periodicity. The first of these elements has its origin in the need for rest, protection to the offspring being at first incidental. The second element, pugnacity, is periodical and a part of the reproductive cycle. The third element, periodicity, is apparently an attribute of the two other elements, based on physiological conditions; its adaptiveness lies in correlating the other two elements with the hatching period of the eggs.

In Cryptobranchus, after spawning, the female is evidently much the weaker of the two; as a matter of observed fact, she is driven away by the stronger and more pugnacious male. It can scarcely be the need for rest that keeps the male in the nest, since he maintains exclusive possession at the cost of alert watchfulness and occasional combat. If the element of weakness were the important factor in initiating the brooding habit, we should expect the female rather than the male to remain in the nest. Tt may be that primitively the brooding impulse is a phase of the reproductive cycle that applies to both sexes, the female losingit on account of her hungry and exhausted condition due to the accumulation of a large amount of yolk in the egg. Perhaps (for this suggestion I am indebted to Professor S. J. Holmes) on the part of the male there is involved a proprietary interest in the nest, which he has chosen and in part excavated, and which he occupies as an advantageous breeding place and as a more or less permanent home.

To obtain conclusive evidence regarding the origin of the brooding habit one must study a series of closely related forms illustrating the habit in the making. In Cryptobranchus it appears


that, the habit is well established; it is improbable that the question can be settled by the study of this form alone, and the data here given are presented only in the hope that they may contribute something toward the final solution of the problem.

Concerning the brooding habit of C. japonicus in its natural habitat Ishikawa ('04) says: Fast in jedem Loch, wo man von Ende August bis zu Anfang October ein weibliches Tier gefunden hat, findet man einen Eiklumpen. Dieser Umstand lasst schon vermuthen, dass das Tier eine Brutpflege hat wie Ichthyophis oder wie so viele andere Amphibien." Kerbert, however, asserts ('04) that it is the male that guards the eggs, and states that the sex of his specimens was carefully determined.

Other amphibia known to possess brooding habits are the urodeles Desmognathus and Plethodon; the caecilians Ichthyophis and Hypogeophis; Alytes and several other anura (Wiedersheim '00). In the cases of Desmognathus, Plethodon, Ichthyophis and Hypogeophis the female is said to care for the eggs; in the case of Alytes, the male.

The brooding habit seems to be lacking in Necturus. According to Eycleshymer ('06), Necturus sometimes eats the eggs of its own species.

The brooding habit is well known in many teleosts, and in Amia (Dean, '96; Reighard, '03); it is well developed in the lungfishes Protopterus (Budgett, '01 a and '01 b), and Lepidosiren (Kerr, '00). I can find no record of any observations pointing to the existence of a brooding habit in the crossopterygii.


The breeding season of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in northwestern Pennsylvania begins about the first of September and lasts about two weeks.

There is a tendency toward segregation of the females from the breeding grounds during a period extending from the close of the breeding season until the middle of the following summer.

About 450 eggs are matured each year by an adult female of average size. The egg capsules from each oviduct are fastened


together in a single string. At the ends of each string are formed some small but perfect capsules which do not contain eggs.

The eggs are unpigmented, heavily yolk-laden and strongly telolecithal.

The nest consists of a submerged cavity under a rock in the bed of the stream. The cavity is sometimes in part the work of the animal.

Fertilization is external.

There is a paternal brooding habit, which is manifested from the moment of fertilization. The origin of this habit is problematical.



To insure a convenient supply of adults for various purposes, these were collected before and during the breeding season and placed in a large creek aquarium, constructed of wire netting and placed in shallow water with a gentle current. This arrangement of the aquarium afforded abundant aeration; flat stones placed on the bottom provided cover; in general the conditions closely resembled those of the natural environment. The aquarium proved of great value as a means of insuring a supply of adults for use at frequent intervals in securing material for the study of ovogenesis, maturation, fertilization and the early cleavage stages.

Artificial fertilization was often resorted to in order to control the time of fertilization for the study of fertilization and early cleavage stages, and occasionally eggs were used that had been deposited and fertilized by specimens in captivity; but the greater part of the material used for the study of the development was obtained from the nests of the animals in their natural environment.

At first the problem of keeping the eggs alive in a favorable environment while studying their development promised some difficulty. Early attempts to keep the eggs in creek aquaria met with disastrous failure through the attacks of water-mould. The method finally employed was to keep the eggs in shallow


earthenware dishes contaming well water, in a cool cellar; a limited number of eggs were placed in each dish, and the water changed daily. Under these conditions they developed normally. During the early autumn all the laboratory work on the living egg, and the preservation of material, were carried on in this cellar, so that at no time were the eggs subjected to an unfavorable temperature. The eggs were in general shielded from the light; but for working purposes both direct and diffused sunlight, or a Welsbach light, were used.

On account of teaching duties observations in the field have never extended quite to the time of hatching, consequently it has been necessary to transport the living embryo for considerable distances. In the case of embryos taken after the closure of the neural folds, material shipped in cool weather by express, in a pail containing shallow water, did quite as well as material which was given personal care during transportation and for which the temperature was regulated with ice; in both cases the embryos developed normally. Younger embryos require much greater care in transportation; material in cleavage and gastrula stages shipped by express has usually died or developed abnormally, perhaps in the main because of untimely warm weather; all such material was discarded. Material kept in the laboratory thrives in shallow dishes containing well water, the dishes being partly immersed in cool running water; no artificial a,eration is necessary. As a check on possible abnormalities in material that has been transported, I have had a series of late stages preserved from material kept without transportation.


The envelopes may be removed in any stage without much difficulty, by means of scissors. This is very easily done after the eggs have been in water for several days, since the envelopes become inflated. For earlier stages, more care is necessary. Eggs from the uterus, and fertilization stages, may be handled more rapidly by fixing in Solution B (see below) before the removal of the envelopes; they may be preserved thus in formalin, but not in alcohol. After fixation the envelopes become brittle


and may readily be removed with needles. Comparison with eggs fixed after the removal of the envelopes shows no essential difference in the results.

The fixation of such large and heavily yolk-laden holoblastic eggs presented a problem of considerable difficulty. A great variety of the usual fixing fluids were tried, but none of them succeeded without modification. After extensive experimentation, the mixture described below as Solution B was found to be very satisfactory for all the yolk-laden stages, for surface study, photography and for sectioning.

The following fixing solutions were found useful for the purposes indicated :

Solution A. Formalin, 10 per cent. Useful for preserving eggs in the envelopes for demonstration purposes, or for the study of the envelopes, as it leaves the envelopes clear and preserves the eggs in their natural color. Formalin is of some value for the surface study of cleavage, as it brings out the faint cleavage furrows of the lower hemisphere with great distinctness, and occasionally gives remarkably good preparations for the surface study of the cleavage of the upper hemisphere. In general the fixation of the micromeres is unsatisfactory, both for surface study and for sectioning. Formalin is unsurpassed for fixing larvae for museum purposes; for permanent preservation they should be changed to alcohol.

Solution B. Bichromate-acetic-formalin. The following proportions must be quite strictly adhered to :

Potassium bichromate 1 gram

Glacial acetic acid 2§ cc.

Schering's formalin, added at the time of using 5 cc.

Water 92 cc.

Fix about forty-eight hours in plenty of the solution, at a low temperature; change the solution once or twice.

Rinse in water and wash in 5 per cent formalin, in the dark, for at least two weeks, changing the formalin as often as it becomes discolored; preserve in 5 per cent formalin. Preservation in alcohol also gives good results for sectioning, but is not so good for surface study nor for photography.


During the process of washing in formahn the color changes from yellow to green. The yolk becomes dark green, while the blastodisc or embryo proper is much lighter in color, giving a sharp differentiation of the protoplasmic portions of the egg. The form of the egg is preserved perfectly, and remarkably good definition for surface study is secured. The eggs are easily sectioned by the paraffin method.

Not until after the closure of the neural folds is it possible to alter the proportions in the formula as given above without injury to the form of the embryo; an increase in the proportion of potassium bichromate results in the collapse of the embryo when in melted paraffin if not in an earlier stage of the process of preparation for imbedding. For later stages the proportion of potassium bichromate may be shghtly increased (e.g., to 1^ per cent), without detriment to the surface features and perhaps with some gain in the histological results.

Solution C. Sublimate-acetic-formalin.

Saturated solution corrosive sublimate in 10 per cent formalin . . . 971 parts Glacial acetic acid 2| parts

Fix for a few hours, then transfer to formalin for a few days to insure thorough fixation of the yolk. Wash and preserve in either formalin or alcohol.

This is not so satisfactory a fixing solution as Solution B, but may be used for comparison. For surface study the results, especially in the early stages, are decidedly inferior to those secured with Solution B. For sectioning, good results are secured in the early cleavage stages and after the closure of the neural folds; the mercury crystals must be removed by prolonged treatment with iodin. In the blastula and gastrula stages the embryo usually collapses during the process of preparing for imbedding.

Solutio7i D: Lavdowsky's.

Formalin 10 parts

Alcohol, 95 per cent 50 parts

Glacial acetic acid 2 parts

Water 40 parts


Fix for several days; preserve in 70 per cent or 80 per cent alcohol.

This mixture is especially useful for the yolk-laden ovarian eggs, and for maturation stages; it is not very satisfactory for embryonic stages. Envelopes, if present, must be removed before the eggs are fixed in this solution. The best results are obtained by sectioning the material soon after preservation.

Solution E: Zenker's. This mixture was found most useful for the early stages of ovogenesis, before the formation of any considerable amount of yolk. It is not good for embryonic stages, unless parts of the embryo are to be dissected off from the yolk before sectioning. It gives very inferior preparations for surface study in every stage.

For the early stages of ovogenesis, before the formation of yolk, both Flemming's and Bouin's solutions were used with fair results. For larvae after the disappearance of the yolk sac, Tellyesnicky's, Zenker's, or almost any good fixing solution may be used.

Of the various mixtures experimented with for the yolk-laden stages, those containing picric acid proved to be the very worst. The invariable result of the use of a solution containing picric acid was to cause the egg to disintegrate.

In preserving the embryological material of Necturus, Solution B was principally used. In the early stages of development, before the formation of the neural folds, the results are not so uniformly good as with Cryptobranchus ; this is perhaps due to the fact that in these stages the eggs of Necturus are almost necessarily preserved before the removal of the very closely-fitting gelatinous envelopes. In successfully preserved eggs in the cleavage stages, the furrows of the upper hemisphere are more conspicuous and the contour of the micromeres more rounded, than in Cryptobranchus; they are thus, except for difficulties arising from the character of the envelopes, more favorable objects for photography. Late gastrula and neural groove stages of Necturus, preserved by this method, are rarely so favorable for surface study as the same stages in Cryptobranchus. After the formation of the neural folds, when a space has appeared between the envelope and the egg, the embryos of Necturus are preserved


with very uniform success, whether fixed before or after the removal of their envelopes. In particular, stages after the closure of the neural folds give a sharpness of detail in the surface features rarely found in Cryptobranchus; these stages of Necturus are very favorable objects for photography.


Kerr ('01), in describing the technique employed in studying the egg of Lepidosiren, has well said: The investigation of a holoblastic egg 7 mm. in diameter and packed with yolk involves great technical difficulties, for the whole of each egg has to be converted into thin sections. The full extent of these difficulties will only be appreciated by embryologists who have essayed a similar task." In sectioning the heavily yolk-laden stages, Kerr used the celloidin method, and a combination of the celloidin and paraffin methods. DeBussy ('04) used the celloidin method in studying the cleavage stages of Cryptobranchus japonicus.

For sectioning the embryological material of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis and Necturus I have used the paraffin method exclusively; success with this method was found to be entirely a matter of careful attention to technique. The most important considerations are proper fixation and washing, and thorough infiltration with paraffin. In handling serial sections of large numbers of these eggs the advantage of the paraffin method is obvious.

With regard to staining, for general purposes the best results were obtained by staining in toto with Grenadier's borax carmine, and counterstaining on the slide with Lyons blue in absolute alcohol ; to the Lyons blue solution sufficient picric acid was added to turn it green. By this method the effect of a triple stain, with excellent differentiation, is obtained. The chromatin is stained red, cell walls and cytoplasm blue ; the yolk is first stained red by the borax carmine, but turns green in the counterstain. It is usually best to cut short the action of the counterstain at a time when the smaller yolk particles are stained green, while the larger ones are left red. The method has the advantage of


rapidity, an important consideration when great series of large sections are to be handled in considerable numbers.

In sectioning and staining the early cleavage stages the exact mode of procedure is as follows:

From formalin pass the eggs to alcohol, 35 per cent, 50 per cent, two hours each.

Grenacher's borax carmine in 70 per cent alcohol, about two days.

Acid alcohol (0.25 per cent HCl in 70 per cent alcohol), about two hours.

Ninety-five per cent alcohol, two to twelve hours; 100 per cent alcohol, two to three hours.

Xylol, four to ten hours.

Paraffin with melting point 52° C. (at a temperature not exceeding 55° C), two days. Change the paraffin at least once.

Imbed in a paper box, hardening the block under alcohol.

Cut sections 10m to 15m thick, using a Minot rotary microtome.

Counterstain on the slide with Lyons blue and picric acid mixture in absolute alcohol.

Wash in xylol long enough to destain slightly.

Mount in- Canada balsam.

Early stages require longer for fluids (especially paraffin) to penetrate than do later stages. For the yolk-laden ovarian eggs, and maturation and fertilization stages, from two to three days in borax carmine, and about three days in melted paraffin, are necessary. I have found no serious ill effects in these stages from this prolonged immersion in paraffin at the temperature given.

Material fixed in Lavdowsky's solution stains and infiltrates more rapidly than with the other methods of fixation; also the yolk ig less likely to crumble.

Late cleavage, and gastrula stages, are penetrated by the various fluids more rapidly than the early cleavage stages, so that the time may be reduced to two-thirds or one half. For still later stages, there is a further gradual reduction in the length of time required.

During the present year, at the suggestion of Professor Wilson, I have employed a shght modification of the method described above. After being cleared in xylol, the objects were left several days in a mixture of xylol and paraffin at about 38° C. By this preliminary treatment, the time required for infiltration with melted paraffin at a high temperature was reduced at least oaehalf, with some improvement in the quality of the preparations.



Some superficial aspects of the history of the egg before cleavage have already been considered in connection with the account of the breeding habits.



Except where otherwise mentioned, the observations recorded under this heading were made on the living egg.

If the ovary of an adult Cryptobranchus be examined at any time during the summer, the eggs which are about to become mature are readily distinguishable by their much greater size and yolk content.

In the living ovaries of adults taken about the middle of August, the eggs show no positive surface indications of a telolecithal structure. The same eggs fixed by a variety of methods show a circular area or ' calotte' about 60° in diameter, which is somewhat lighter in color than the remaining surface of the egg. On account of its large size the egg now causes the ovarian wall to bulge strongly outward. In general the pale circular area is situated in the center of the more exposed hemisphere of the egg, and is not so profusely covered with ovarian blood-vessels as the remainder of this hemisphere, but this relation is not always exact.

Sections show that the calotte is the outward expression of a peripheral disc-shaped region richer in protoplasm and small yolk granules than the remainder of the egg; in the center of this disc lies the germinal vesicle. From its homologue in the teleostean egg I shall call this region the germinal disc or blastodisc; in surface views it may be referred to by the same names, or more strictly speaking, as the germinal area. Fixation serves to accentuate the optical differences between the germinal disc and the remainder of the egg, making the germinal area visible in preserved material at an earlier stage than in the living egg. The center of the germinal area defines the animal pole of the egg.

Shortly before the egg is ready to leave the ovary, the germinal vesicle appears at the very surface, at the center of the germinal


area which is now visible in the hving egg. After remaining here for a length of time that has not been accm^ately determined, the germinal vesicle disappears from view leaving only a faint dark spot to mark its former site.

In most ovaries obtained about the time of the beginning of the breeding season (the last week in August and the first week in September), all stages in the emergence of the germinal vesicle will be found; in some eggs the germinal vesicle has not yet reached the surface, but in a considerable proportion of cases it will be found exposed in varying degrees (see fig. 53) .

The phenomena concerned with the appearance of the germinal vesicle at the surface are very striking, owing to the large size of the germinal vesicle, the sharp contrast between its transparent fluid contents and the surrounding opaque substance of the egg, and the distinct appearance of several opaque-white bodies, presumably nucleoli, within the germinal vesicle. All this may be seen even with the naked eye.

In order to obtain the sequence of the changes occurring in a single egg during this stage, many individual eggs were isolated in normal salt solution, or identified while in position in the ovary, and kept under observation for several hours. In the case of the first ovary studied during the fall of 1907, some of these eggs changed sufficiently before death ensued, to enable me, by combining several individual histories, to get a fairly complete idea of the normal course of events in a given egg. But in succeeding years, although several dozen ovaries containing eggs in this stage have been studied in females recently killed or anaesthetized with chloretone, no marked changes could be detected. Hence in the following account dependence is placed chiefly on a comparison of individual eggs in the same freshly-exposed ovary, and a comparison of ovaries in slightly different stages of development.. In particular, incipient stages in the approach of the germinal vesicle to the surface could be distinguished from possible later stages in which it has disappeared from view, through a comparison of ovaries such as those described above, with others in which nearly all the eggs had been set free from the ovary.


The first indication of the approach of the germinal vesicle to the surface is the appearance of a faint dark spot, 1 to 2 mm. in diameter, in the center of the blastodisc. This dark spot grows more distinct; it is the optical effect of the scarcely-submerged germinal vesicle. Within this large dark area appears a small sharply defined much darker area, circular in outline, which grows at the expense of the larger and fainter dark area. At the time of its first appearance the small dark area is sometimes seen to pulsate slowly, quiver and change form, disappear and reappear. This small dark spot is a portion of the germinal vesicle which is actually in contact with the zona radiata (see section V) . It may increase in size until almost an entire hemisphere of the germinal vesicle is exposed. In light of moderate intensity the germinal vesicle appears as a deep, dark well of transparent substance walled in by the opaque material of the blastodisc; in strong sunlight one may see within the germinal vesicle the reflection of the bright yellow yolk beneath. Several opaquewhite bodies of various sizes appear within the germinal vesicle; these are probably nucleoli, though the largest ones are much larger than the nucleoli shown in sections.

An ovarian egg dissected out and immersed in water at the time of the appearance of the germinal vesicle at the surface orients itself with the animal pole upward.

The actual disappearance of the germinal vesicle from the surface, and the relation of this process to the rupture of the nuclear wall, have not been satisfactorily observed. Whether the germinal vesicle recedes slightly from the surface before or during the rupture of its wall, or disintegrates at the very surface, has not been positively established; it is possible that all three conditions occur in different eggs. In several cases there seemed to be a welling-up of material from the germinal vesicle which spread out to form a broad crater at the surface ; in other cases the appearances favored the impression of a slight subsidence of the germinal vesicle. It is possible that the egg has never been observed at the exact time of the rupture of the nuclear wall, for though a large number of eggs from ovaries containing eggs with


the germinal vesicle at the surface have been sectioned, in none of these eggs has the nuclear wall been found ruptured.

Several females have been taken in which only a few eggs remained in the ovary, the others being found in the body cavity, oviduct and uterus. The ovarian eggs of such specimens were invariably found to be in a later stage than those just described: sections showed that the dissolution of the germinal vesicle was complete, and in surface views these eggs showed a small faint dark spot or slight depression at the animal pole (see fig. 5).

5 6

Fig. 5 Surface view of the animal hemisphere of an egg of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis ready to leave the ovary, after the rupture of the germinal vesicle. The lightly stippled area indicates the blastodisc. Sketched from the living egg. X 7.

Fig. 6 Surface view of the animal hemisphere of an egg taken from the uterus, ready for fertilization, showing pit at the center of the blastodisc. Sketched from preserved material. X 7.

The dark spot is sometimes surrounded by a tumid ring, but this condition is probably pathological.

At the time of the escape of the egg from the ovary and its passage through the body cavity and upper oviduct, the egg seems softer in consistency than at other times. Some fixing solutions, particularly Lavdowsky's, which usually preserve perfectly the spherical form of the egg, now fix it as an irregularly-shaped mass. This plasticity may be of use to the egg in its escape from the ovary and passage down the oviduct.



In eggs taken from the lower oviduct there is found a slight extension of the blastodisc and a marked increase in the intensity of its differentiation, both in living and preserved material. Moreover, outside the rather indefinite limits of the blastodisc proper there seems to be a continuation of the same sort ot material as an extremely thin whitish superficial layer extending beyond the equator and well into the lower hemisphere.

In eggs entering the uterus the blastodisc is well differentiated throughout an area about 90° in diameter, while the entire remaining surface of the egg shows a slight paleness as compared with earlier stages.

The dark spot or shallow depression at the animal pole persists, though often very faintly, up to about the time of fertilization, when its site is occupied by a minute but deep and sharplydefined pit (see fig. 6). The change usually does not take place until after the eggs have been for some time in the uterus. As shown by the study of sections, the appearance of this pit usually coincides with the time of formation of the second polar spindle.


To test whether eggs newly arrived in the uterus are capable of fertilization, a female was taken in which only a small portion of the eggs had reached the uteri, the others being distributed all along the route from ovary to uterus. The eggs from one uterus — about 75 in number — were mixed with milt after the usual manner in artificial fertilization. Of the entire lot, not a single egg developed.

In another female nearly all the eggs had arrived in the uteri, a few remaining in the oviducts and body cavity, and none in the ovaries. All the eggs from the uteri were mixed with milt; about 5 per cent of them developed.

In a third female all the eggs were in the uteri, but none of them showed a distinct pit at the animal pole^ — evidence that they had only recently entered the uterus. All the eggs were mixed with milt; none of them developed. It should be noted that this female was evidently in the first year of sexual maturity and the


eggs may have been slow in undergoing maturation changes, or defective in some way.

In the great majority of cases of females taken with all the eggs in the uteri, artificial fertilization has been successfully performed; a high percentage of fertilized eggs is reached when all the eggs show a distinct pit at the animal pole. In every case in which seminal fluid was examined under the microscope during the breeding season, the spermatozoa were motile; so it is not likely that any cases of failure in artificial fertilization were due to defective spermatozoa.

The evidence indicates that the eggs are incapable of fertilization at the time when the first eggs reach the uterus, but that about the time all the eggs reach the uterus the majority of them become capable of fertilization. This change in their potentiality coincides in time with, or slightly precedes, the formation of a distinct pit at the animal pole; it is probably correlated with the formation of the second polar spindle (see section V).


The appearance of the blastodisc shortly after fertilization is shown in figs. 7 and 8. During the first eight hours after fertilization there is an increase in the extent of the blastodisc from a diameter of 90° to 130°-160°, with a corresponding increase in the intensity of its differentiation. From this time up to first cleavage there is no constant increase in the extent of the blastqdisc, though the transition from the blastodisc to the darker region surrounding the vegetal pole becomes more gradual. The pit at the animal pole persists unchanged almost up to the time of first cleavage; it is sometimes double (see fig. 10). Shortly before first cleavage it becomes broader and shallower, and usually disappears before the beginning of the first cleavage furrow.

As early as fifteen minutes after artificial fertilization, pits or scars made by the actual or attempted entrance of a spermatozoon have been found on the surface of the egg. It seems remarkable that the spermatozoon can pierce through the thick and tough gelatinous capsule in so short a time. In living material, the


point of actual or attempted entrance of a spermatozoon is often visible as a minute but sharply-defined pit, barely visible to the naked eye; hence the name 'sperm pit' will be used to designate the precise locality where the spermatozoon enters, though the word 'pit' does not always accurately describe the appearance in preserved material.

The sperm pits are best studied in material killed in the bichromate-acetic-formalin mixture and preserved in formalin. The 'pits' are not all alike, but readily fall into the following classes, which probably represent consecutive stages in the penetration of the egg by the spermatozoon (see fig. 8) :

(a). A simple pit, deep and sharply defined, as observed in living material.

(b). The pit is surrounded by a very small circular opaque white spot.

(c). The pit has disappeared, and the white spot remains. This type is most numerous. (Rarely, the pit persists until much later — see fig. 10.)

(d). The white spot is surrounded and sharply limited by a dark circular line.

(e). The white spot is surrounded by two concentric circular lines separated by a narrow space which is darker than the general surface of the egg (best shown in fig. 7).

It is not always possible to tell from surface views whether the spermatozoon has actually entered the egg, but from the study of

Fig. 7 Equatorial view of an egg of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, 15 minutes after fertilization, showing a single sperm pit. The lightly stippled area in the upper part of the figure indicates the extent of the blastodisc.

Fig. 8 Equatorial view of an egg 45 minutes after fertilization, showing numerous sperm pits.

Fig. 9 View of the animal hemisphere of an egg Sf hours after fertilization, showing a sperm area near the edge of the blastodisc.

Fig. 10 View of the animal hemisphere of an egg SJ hours after fertilization, showing a later stage in the history of the sperm area. The boundary of the sperm area is a trifle too conspicuous in the figure.

Fig. 11 Equatorial view of an egg 6^ hours after fertilization, showing further extension of the sperm area.

Fig. 12 View of the animal hemisphere of an egg 7^ hours after fertilization, showing two sperm areas, on opposite sides of the blastodisc.

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sections it appears that the first three types of sperm pits indicate that the spermatozoon has barely penetrated through the cell wall, or that the attempt is an abortive one; the last two types indicate with considerable certainty that the spermatozoon has penetrated well into the egg.

Polyspermy is the rule. Cases of penetration by more than one spermatozoon have been found fifteen minutes after fertilization, while the surface of the egg may be scarred by a dozen or more wounds presumably made by other spermatozoa. An hour later, the majority of the eggs have been penetrated each by from one to ten spermatozoa, and sometimes scarred by as many as fifty more. In one case observed the entire number of sperm pits reached nearly a hundred.

About three hours after fertilization the small white spot representing the sperm pit is surrounded by a circular area about 10° to 15° in diameter, slightly darker than the general surface (see fig. 9) . An hour later this area has increased in size, is whiter throughout its central portion, and is sharply bounded by a dark line which forms a perfect circle (see fig. 10). This dark line is, partly at least, due to a slight depression in the general surface of ^ the egg. For convenience the area enclosed by this circle will be called the 'sperm area.'

During the next few hours the sperm area increases in size until it covers almost an entire hemisphere (figs. 11 and 12). Its surface is now in general a trifle paler than the remainder of the egg outside the blastodisc ; its boundary may pass the animal pole without interruption. Two or even three sperm areas in this advanced stage may be present, their boundaries usually overlapping. Fig. 12 shows an egg fertilized from two opposite sides, the spermatozoa entering near the margin of the blastodisc; the two sperm areas meet at the animal pole, but remain widely separated in the lower hemisphere.

In monospermic eggs preserved and dissected in this stage, the sperm area is found to overlie a lenticular or disc-shaped mass, of firmer consistency than the remainder of the egg which may sometimes be shelled off in a few concentric layers like the fleshy part of an onion. Outside the boundaries of both sperm


area and blastodisc there is left a crescentic area which retains the usual color of the heavily yolk-laden portions of the egg; this region often shows numerous fissures in the yolk, running parallel to the margin of the sperm area. These fissures separate the layers previously mentioned. In position and outline this area corresponds very nearly to the 'gray crescent' of the frog's egg (Roux, '83, '85, '87 and '03; Schultze, '00; see also Jenkinson, '09, p. 80 and fig. 43).

Within eight to twelve hours after fertilization the sperm pits have become indistinct and, as a rule, they all disappear before the first cleavage, though cases have been found as late as the fifth cleavage stage. Meanwhile the sperm areas also become indistinct, losing the dark line which serves as a boundary and gradually blending with the surrounding surface of the egg. Fifteen or twenty hours after fertilization, it is usually impossible to orient the egg with respect to the point of entrance of a spermatozoon; before the egg is ready for first cleavage it has resumed the general appearance of radial symmetry which it had before fertilization.

The sperm areas have not been observed in living material, but the examination was made without the aid of a binocular microscope, an instrument which has proved of great value in the surface study of the fertilization stage with preserved material.

In preserved material a space sometimes appears between the blastodisc and the vitelline membrane which elsewhere closely invests the egg. An examination of living eggs at intervals from fertilization to first cleavage shows that normally the vitelline membrane fits closely about the entire egg. The condition noted in preserved material is due to the subsidence of the blastodisc; the vitelline membrane does not spring away from the egg after fertilization, as occurs in some lower forms.

If one remove an unfertilized egg from its gelatinous envelope and immerse it in water, and place almost in contact with it a drop of seminal fluid, one observes that the spermatozoa by means of slow writhing movements disperse gradually in all directions. There is no evidence of attraction by the egg, but spermatozoa coming in chance contact with it adhere to its surface, so that in


time there are more spermatozoa at the surface of the egg than at a httle distance from it. As previously noted, spermatozoa are found in capsules that do not contain eggs; in this case there is no possibility of attraction by the egg.

In Cryptobranchus, as in other amphibian eggs, there is no preformed micropyle. In eggs fertilized in a natural manner, the spermatozoon may enter the egg at any point. More sperm pits have been found in the marginal region of the blastodisc, about midway between the equator and the animal pole, than elsewhere, indicating that this zone may be especially favorable to the entrance of the spermatozoon ; but if any selective influence is at work, it cannot be a strong one, for spermatozoa have been found penetrating the egg close to the second polar spindle, and at various points in the lower hemisphere, even at the vegetal pole. Sperm areas are best developed about those sperm pits that occur near the margin of the blastodisc. In only one case has a sperm pit at the vegetal pole been found surrounded by a sperm area. Sperm pits are often more numerous on one side of the egg than on the opposite side, indicating a chance inequality in the exposure of the egg to the seminal fluid.

All the statements in this section regarding penetration of the egg by the spermatozoa have been confirmed by sectioning eggs which have first been carefully described externally.


A germinal area is first visible in the ovarian egg taken about the middle of August. The germinal area is usually situated on the more exposed side of the egg, toward the periphery of the ovary; it has at first a diameter of about 60°, and increases gradually in size until about the time of first cleavage ; it has then a diameter of about 145°.

In ovarian eggs examined about the first of September, the germinal vesicle is usually visible at the surface, in the center of the blastodisc; it disappears shortly before the egg leaves the ovary.

Soon after the eggs have reached the uterus, a sharply-defined pit appears at the animal pole; this pit persists up to the time of


first cleavage. About the time of the appearance of the pit at the animal pole, the egg becomes capable of fertilization.

The point of entrance of a spermatozoon (the 'sperm pit') is easily recognizable in both living and preserved eggs. In preserved material, the influence of the spermatozoon on the egg substance is indicated in surface views by the differentiation of a large circular area (the 'sperm area') surrounding the sperm pit. This area is recognizable by a slight difference in color and by the presence of a bounding dark line; it increases in size until it covers nearly a hemisphere of the egg, then disappears.

In artificially fertilized eggs, and presumably in eggs fertilized in nature, polyspermy usually occurs.

There is no evidence of attraction of the spermatozoon by the


The spermatozoon may enter the egg at any point, but sperm areas are best developed about those sperm pits that occur near the margin of the blastodisc.


The present section deals with a few features concerned in ovogenesis and maturation, and gives a more detailed account of the fertilization phenomena.


The material for this study consists as follows:

(a). For the early stages it was found best to use larval and immature post-larval females, with a body-length ranging from 9 to 38 cm. (two years old and upward). Females with a body Length of more than 38 cm. are almost always sexually mature.

(b). The residual eggs of spent females taken in September furnished ovocytes sHghtly older than those of the largest immature females taken in August and September.

(c) . Mature females -taken during July and August furnished material for the late stages of ovogenesis.

There remains a period during the last year of development, extending from October to June inclusive, which is not represented


in the material. Since during this time, which inchides t'he winter months, development is least active, the lack of these stages is of minor importance for the purposes of the present paper.

1 . The formation of the follicle and the egg membranes

The young ovary of Cryptobranchus is essentially a sac with thick cellular walls. In a 9 cm. larva the ovarian wall (see figs. 13 to 17) shows structural differentiation as follows: (a) an inner and an outer limiting membrane of flattened epithelium; these membranes are connected by (6) a network of cells of a character similar to those comprising the limiting membranes, though usually not so greatly flattened; within the meshes of this network are found (c) young ovocytes in various stages of development.

In the ovary of a 9 cm. larva, more or less clearly defined groups or cysts of very young ovocytes (see fig. 13) may be found, each group surrounded by a thin epithelial membrane, the cyst membrane. All the ovocytes of each group or cyst are presumably the product of a single primary ovogonium. Epithelial cells also occur within the cyst. Within many of these cysts, development has gone further, and some or perhaps all the ovocytes have undergone an increase in size which involves both nucleus and cytoplasm (see fig. 14). Within each cyst, one ovocyte usually outstrips its fellows, and becomes surrounded by a layer of epithelial cells which form the follicle (fig. 15).

With a further increase in size of the ovocyte, the follicular layer assumes the character of a definite membrane with somewhat flattened cells, and that portion of the cyst membrane in contact with the ovarian membrane shows an increase in the number of its nuclei and is more clearly differentiated as a separate layer (see fig. 16).

With a still greater increase in size, as shown by the most advanced ovocytes of a 9 cm. larva and in later stages, the egg presses the overlying membranes into the central cavity of the ovary, so that the ovocyte comes to be suspended as in a sac, and is more nearly surrounded by the cyst and ovarian membranes (see figs. 17 to 21). In all three membranes, an increase in the








Figs. 13 to 16 Cross-sections through the wall of the ovary of a 9 cm. larva of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis. X 300. b. v., blood vessel; c. w., cyst wall; ep. (right) , inner epithelial membrane of the ovarian wall ; ep. (left) , outer epithelial membrane of the ovarian wall;ep. c, epithelial cell of the cyst; foL, follicle cell; ovc, ovocyte.

Fig. 13 A cyst containing young ovocytes and epithelial cells occupies the central part of the figure.

Fig. 14 A cyst containing slightly older ovocytes.

Fig. 15 An ovocyte surrounded by the nevdy-formed follicle.

Fig. 16 An ovocyte and follicle slightly more advanced than the one shown in preceding figure.



number of nuclei keeps pace with the increase in extent. In a 35 cm. female (see figs. 21 and 22), the nuclei of the follicular membrane are the most numerous and least flattened; those of the cyst membrane and inner ovarian membrane are both decidedly flattened. Somewhat rarely, the cyst membrane is ruptured by the expansion of the ovocyte. According to King ('08) in Bufo the rupture of the cyst membrane takes place regularly at an early stage.

Fig. 17 Cross-section through the ovarian wall of a 9 cm. larva of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, showing one of the most advanced ovocytes. X 300. Lettering as in the preceding figures.

The ovocyte in the advanced growth stage is thus surrounded by a single-layered follicle, suspended in a flask-shaped twolayered sac of which the inner layer is the cyst membrane, the outer layer is the inner epithelial membrane of the ovarian wall. In a broader sense, the entire three-layered structure may be called a follicle, and the neck of the flask-shaped sac may be called the stalk of the follicle. This triple-layered wall persists without any radical change in structure up to the time of maturation.



In the later stages of the development of the ovary, its walls anastomose by the formation of cross-walls or partitions, dividing the ovary into compartments or perhaps pockets; by these cross-walls the course of the inner ovarian membrane is greatly complicated.

The ovocyte of a female of 26 cm. and younger is apparently a naked cell, possessing no proper membrane. In females with a

Fig. 18 Cross-section through the ovarian wall of a 26 cm. Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, showing one of the most advanced ovocytes. X 180. n., nucleolus; v., vitelline body; ep., inner epithelial membrane of the ovarian wall. Other lettering as in figs. 13 to IG.

body length of from 30 to 35 cm. there occurs a rapid development of two non-cellular membranes closely investing the egg within the follicle. The inner of these two membranes exhibits a radial striation and is the zona radiata; at the time of maturation it becomes a simple cell wall to the egg. The outer membrane, clear and homogeneous, is the zona pellucida; it persists as the 'vitelline membrane' of the embryo.


The zona radiata and the zona pellucida begin to form simultaneously, shortly before the appearance of yolk granules. In the most advanced ovocytes of a 35 cm. female, these membranes are well established and a narrow zone of yolk has appeared near the periphery of the ovocyte (see fig. 22).

The zona radiata arises from the peripheral cytoplasm of the ovocyte. In its early stages its inner boundary is not sharply defined; its staining reaction is like that of the egg cytoplasm;, aside from its cross-striation its structure, like that of the egg cytoplasm, is finely granular. The zona pellucida, on the other hand, is formed de novo as a product of cellular activity. In the ovary of a 35 cm. female its staining reaction is different from that of any other structure present: with the borax-carmine Lyonsr blue picric-acid mixture it becomes green, while the ground-substance of the foUicular, cyst and ovarian membranes stains blue. Since, later, a membrane exactly resembling the zona pellucida in character sometimes, though not typically, forms between the cyst membrane and the follicle (see fig. 32), it seems reasonable to conclude that the zona pellucida is the product of the follicle rather than of the egg.

In the most advanced ovocytes of a spent female there is usually an increase in the thickness of the zona pellucida, while the zona radiata shows signs of degeneration — -there is a slight loss in the distinctness of the radial striations. Iri adult females taken in July and August, there is a further loss in the distinctness of the striations of the zona radiata. In ovocytes taken just before maturation, with the germinal vesicle close to the surface, the zona radiata has in some cases almost lost its radial striation, is decreased in thickness, and is becoming a simple cell wall to the


The literature on the zona pellucida and zona radiata of the amphibian egg has been reviewed by Waldeyer in Hertwig's ('06) Handbuch and needs no summary here.

The ovary of a young Necturus 20 cm. long, killed August 25, gives stages corresponding to those of a 35 cm. Cryptobranchus. The follicular layers and mode of attachment of the ovocyte to the ovarian wall are practically the same as in Cryptobranchus,


with the exception that there is a marked difference in the appearance of the nuclei of the folhcle proper: in Necturus these nuclei are more numerous, and in form are spherical or even elongated in a radial direction, instead of being flattened in the direction of the circumference of the egg as in Cryptobranchus. The follicle of Necturus more closely resembles that of the selachian egg in an early stage (see Hertwig's Handbuch, '06, figs. 105 and 195). The zona pellucida and zona radiata are much alike in the two urodeles; the striations of the latter membrane are rather more distinct in Necturus.

2. Tine establishment of polarity, and the progress of axial

differentiation ^

As already noted in the surface study of the ovarian egg, the ovocyte ready for maturation shows its telolecithal character in the presence of a superficial germinal area, in the center of which lies the germinal vesicle, while the remainder of the egg is heavily laden with yolk. It is the purpose of the present section to trace the changes by which this axial differentiation is brought about.

In the ovary of a 9 cm. larva, vitelline bodies (see King, '08) are recognizable in the cytoplasm of the ovocytes in all stages present, but are not very numerous nor conspicuous even in the most advanced ovocytes of such an ovary (see figs. 13 to 17). In the largest ovocytes, the germinal vesicle is usually somewhat excentrically situated, but with no constancy in the direction of excentricity. Faintly-staining nucleoli are distributed quite promiscuously thoughout the germinal vesicle, in the later stages with a slight tendency toward forming a ring at the periphery.

In the most advanced ovocytes of a 26 cm. female (see fig. 18) there is less excentricity in the position of the germinal vesicle; the nucleoli are most numerous at the periphery. There is an increase in the number and size of the vitelline bodies, which are more numerous on the side toward the central cavity of the ovary. After fixation in Zenker's fluid, both nucleoli and vitelline bodies take the nuclear stain, though faintly. In the ovary of a 27 cm.



female, fixed in Bouin's solution, the nucleoli take the nuclear stain very faintly; the vitelline bodies take the cytoplasmic stain. In the most advanced ovocytes of a 30 cm. female (figs. 19 and 20) the germinal vesicle is quite centrally situated — a position which it retains until a very late stage of ovogenesis. The nucleoli, which still stain but faintly, are nearly all at the periphery, where they form a uniform ring. The vitelline bodies shown in the figures now stain brilliantly with borax carmine used after


Figs. 19 and 20 Sections through ovocytes and ovarian wall of a 30 cm. Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, showing the follicle and the distribution of vitelline bodies and nucleoli. X 00. n., nucleolus; v., vitelline bodies.

Zenker's fluid; in general they are much more numerous on the side toward the periphery of the ovary, in the region of the future animal pole. Some of the vitelline bodies are very large; these usually occupy an equatorial position, but are sometimes found on the inner side of the ovocyte. Comparison with the preceding stage suggests that the vitelline bodies originate on* the inner side of the ovocyte and migrate to the outer side ; that they reach their greatest development midway in the course of migration, and break up to form the smaller and more numerous vitelline bodies


in the region of the future animal pole. But scattered throughout the cytoplasm are occasionally to be found other bodies, resembling the vitelline bodies but more irregular in form and staining very faintly. While it is possible that these bodies are different in kind from the brilliantly-staining vitelline bodies, their appearance suggests that they are stages in the degeneration of the latter. The faintly-staining bodies, though seldom numerous, are more frequently found in regions poor in deeply-staining vitelline bodies. These observations enable us to offer an explanation of the distribution of vitelline bodies, alternative to the theory of migration: a wave of development of vitelline bodies, followed by a wave of degeneration, may sweep from the inner to the outer hemisphere of the ovocyte. But whether migration is real or only apparent, the fact remains that the region of most abundant deeply staining vitelline bodies has shifted from the vicinity of the future vegetal to the future animal pole of the ovocyte. This change is perhaps an expression of polarity; if so, it is the first indication of polarity that I have observed. However, it is not at all certain that polarity is not present at an earlier period; in particular the history of the chromatin has not been sufficiently studied, moreover it is of course possible that a physiological polarity of the cell may precede its manifestation in a visible form.

In the ovary of a 34 cm. female, fixed in Flemming's solution, the distribution of vitelline bodies is much the same as noted in the 30 cm. female; in form the vitelline bodies are sometimes oval or irregular, but never mulberry-shaped as is sometimes the case with Zenker's.

In the ovary of a 35 cm. female, yolk granules are beginning to form in the most advanced ovocytes; other ovocytes nearly as large contain no yolk. In neither of these two stages are vitelline bodies in the typical condition present, but they are sometimes found undergoing a process of degeneration — they lose the intensity of their staining reaction, become irregular in form, and disappear. The disappearance of the vitelline bodies at the time of the formation of yolk suggests a correlation between the two phenomena; but so far as I have been able to observe, the final stages




in the disappearance of the vitelUne bodies are not closely associated with the formation of yolk granules, nor have I found any undoubted 'yolk nuclei/ such as have been described by King ('08) for Bufo. In view of the diversity in the methods of yolkformation described for different amphibians, this result is not altogether surprising.

Fig. 21 Section through an ovocyte and ovarian wall of a 35 cm. Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, showing the follicle and the distribution of nucleoli. In this ovocyte the vitelline bodies have disappeared, but yolk-formation has not yet begun. X 60. n., nucleolus.

In the more advanced ovocytes of a 35 cm. female (see fig. 21). the nucleoli stain deeply with borax carmine used after Zenker's fluid. There is usually a marked concentration of the nucleoli on the side of the germinal vesicle toward the periphery of the ovary. Account must be taken of the fact that shrinkage of the germinal vesicle also proceeds, as a rule, most extensively on this side, leaving a large space, while the opposite side remains in contact with the cytoplasm. This greater shrinkage on the


outer side in part accounts for the greater concentration of nucleoli on this side, but it is inadequate to account for all of it; moreover the axis of excentricity in form due to shrinkage does not always correspond accurately to the axis of excentricity in the arrangement of the nucleoli.

This excentric distribution of material marks an axis which corresponds, roughly at least, to the polar axis at the time of maturation; the nucleoli accumulate on the side which is to become the animal pole, and thus perhaps afford a second indication of polarity. King ('08) found this condition in Buf o at the time when the nucleus was moving from the center of the egg to the animal pole, and suggested the possibility that the accumulation of most of the nucleoli in one part of the nucleus might have something to do with this movement. In Cryptobranchus this concentration of the nucleoli begins long before the migration of the germinal vesicle to the surface, and indeed before the formation of any yolk; it is most marked in the advanced ovocytes of a 35 cm. female, when the yolk is just beginning to form. As will appear from the study of later stages, this arrangement of the nucleoli does not persist during the actual migration of the germinal vesicle; nevertheless the early occurrence of axial concentration of nucleoli is significant.

In the ovary of a 35 cm. female, we find that occasionally, through the folding of the ovarian wall, an ovocyte has been thrust deep into the central cavity and has come in contact with the nutrient ovarian wall of the opposite side. The side opposite the stalk of the follicle now becomes the side best nourished, and here the nucleoli accumulate. Thus nature's experiment shows that the accumulation of nucleoli, and perhaps polarity, is not something predetermined in the egg, or even fixed by the relation of the egg to the ovarian wall within which it develops, but is a phenomenon depending upon larger environmental relations which probably have to do with nutrition; for as a consequence of the changed position of the egg the nucleoli accumulate on the opposite side from that favored by the original environment.

In the ovocytes of immature females with body lengths of from 35 to 38 cm., the yolk first appears in a narrow zone near the periph



ery and parallel to the newly-formed zona radiata, but separated from the latter by a narrow layer of clear cytoplasm (see fig. 22). At this time the ovocyte has a diameter of from 1.5 mm. to 2 mm. The yolk zone is divisible into two layers, an outer

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layer of fine yolk particles and an inner layer of coarse yolk particles, separated by a narrow region poor in yolk.

In the largest residual eggs (2 to 3 mm. in diameter) of spent females, the yolk-laden zone has extended inward further than



outward; a very narrow zone of clear cytoplasm persists at the periphery, and a much broader zone containing only a few scattering yolk granules surrounds the germinal vesicle. The middle portion of the yolk zone is now filled with coarse yolk granules; its margins consist of fine yolk particles. The germinal vesicle is still centrally situated, and the arrangement of yolk zones and

Fig. 23 Meridional section through one of the most advanced ovocytes of an adult Cryptobranchus allegheniensis killed July 6. The bounding line represents the zona radiata. X 20.

cytoplasm is concentric. The nucleoli are still distributed at the periphery of the germinal vesicle, with only a slight tendency toward concentration at the outer side.

In the largest ovocytes of adults killed July 6 (see fig. 23), the germinal vesicle occupies a position midway between the center of the egg and the periphery, on the more exposed side of the egg, toward the stalk of the follicle. The animal pole is thus


defined by a point on the surface, toward which the germinal vesicle is moving. The cytoplasm is now everywhere thickly interspersed with yolk granules; these granules are in general coarse throughout the central portion of the egg, finer and more densely packed at the periphery. Axial differentiation in the arrangement of yolk particles is now for the first time evident in a slight thickening of the peripheral layer of fine yolk particles in the region of the animal pole. This region is also somewhat richer in cytoplasm than the remainder of the egg. There is thus present the beginning of a germinal disc or blastodisc, which in later stages becomes visible in surface views as the germinal area.

In the vegetal hemisphere a region of particularly fine and dense yolk, crescent-shaped in meridional section, lies mid-way between the center of the egg and the periphery. This region I shall call the 'yolk cup.' Its appearance suggests that it may be a part of a once continuous zone completely enclosing the germinal vesicle, and that, in the animal hemisphere, this zone has been interrupted in consequence of the migration of the germinal vesicle toward the surface. Probably the yolk cup is the physiological equivalent of the concentric layers of dense fine yolk found in the egg of the hen and various other vertebrates. Riddle ('11) has shown that the alternate layers of yellow and white yolk in the hen's egg are due to a daily rhythm in nutrition; he has advanced the same principle in explanation of the concentric layers of yolk in the eggs of certain cyclostomes, selachians and reptiles. In Cryptobranchus, from comparison with ovarian eggs taken in the autumn after the close of the spawning season, it is evident that in the stage under consideration the yolk cup marks the limits of growth during the preceding winter; hence it seems very probable that the yolk cup is the result of a seasonal variation in nutrition, and represents a layer added during the winter months.

The nucleoli are still found mainly at the periphery of the germinal vesicle, but with no constant tendency toward concentration in an axial position.

It has been noted that the animal pole, as defined both by the center of the germinal disc and the point on the surface toward


which the germinal vesicle is moving, lies in general on the more exposed side of the egg, within the stalk of the follicle. The animal pole thus lies in the opposite direction from that assumed in the ovarian egg of the hen (Lilhe, '08, p. 29). According to King ('02) in the great majority of cases the egg of Bufo is attached in the equatorial region by the stalk of the follicle.

From a comparison of this stage wdth the preceding one (the ovocytes of a spent female) , it is evident that yolk-formation proceeds concentrically about a centrally situated germinal vesicle until the egg is nearly or quite filled with yolk, and that axial differentiation in the arrangement of yolk particles does not appear until a very late stage of ovogenesis, two or three months before maturation. It is further apparent that the germinal vesicle attains its final position, not through unequal growth of the cytoplasm or excessive accumulation of yolk on the other side of the egg, but by a process of migration.

In the ovocytes of adults taken July 20, the germinal vesicle has migrated further toward the animal pole; it lies about onethird of the distance from the surface to the center of the egg. Both nucleoh and chromosomes are now aggregated at the center of the germinal vesicle. The yolk-cup persists, and there is an increase in the extent of the germinal disc. In some eggs a small cone-shaped mass of dense cytoplasm, with the apex of the cone pointing inward, lies immediately beneath the germinal vesicle.

In the ovary of an adult female killed August 17, the egg (fig. 24) has nearly reached its maximum size before fertilization; a meridional section cut in paraffin has a diameter of about 6 mm. (It should be noted that a yolk-laden egg does not shrink in paraffin to the same extent as ordinary tissues). The germinal vesicle hes only a short distance from the surface, and is bounded on the side toward the center of the egg by a large cone-shaped mass of cytoplasm. The apex of this cone is continuous with a slender meshwork of less dense but yolk-free cytoplasm extending half-way to the center of the egg. Owing to a slight obliquity of the slender cytoplasmic mass, it has not been found complete in any one section; in fig. 24 it has been added, from adjacent sections, to the one chosen for the remainder of the drawing.



Immediately beneath the zona radiata hes a peripheral layer of yolk-free cytoplasm, which from analogy with the teleost egg I shall call the protoplasmic mantle.' In the region of the vegetal pole this is so thin as to be barely recognizable with a magnification of 500 diameters ; in the region of the animal pole it is thickened to form a disc which I shall call the 'cytodisc' At the ani





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mal pole the cytodisc reaches its maximum thickness of about 15)u- — a little thicker than the layer of follicle cells proper.

The remainder of the egg is filled with yolk. Underlying the cytodisc and occupying an area about 100° in diameter surrounding the animal pole, is a thick layer of fine but dense yolk which I shall call the 'yolk disc' The cytodisc and yolk disc combined



represent the anlage of the germinal disc or blastodisc, which later comes to enclose the germinal vesicle and the cytoplasm accumulated beneath it. Elsewhere a very thin peripheral layer of fine yolk particles, continuous with the yolk disc, lies immediately beneath the protoplasmic mantle. The interior of the egg shows no particular change in the yolk.

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a magnification of 500 diameters it exhibits an extremely fine but dense granular structure. The nucleoli are now nearly all aggregated at the center; some few persist at the periphery, particularly on the side toward the center of the egg. The chromosomes are for the most part confined to the central part of the area occupied by the nucleoli.

Among the nucleoli, though not closely associated with them, there are now found very numerous and minute granules which


stain like chromatin (see fig. 25), These are evidently formed in close association with the chromosomes; in earlier stages chromosomes have been found covered with these granules before the latter have appeared elsewhere.

In the ovarian eggs of an adult killed August 22, the most marked changes in the general topography as viewed in meridional sections are a slight advance in the migration of the germinal vesiicle toward the surface, and an increased thickness of the peripheral zone of fine yolk particles, particularly in the yolk disc. In the vegetal hemisphere the protoplasmic mantle is no longer recognizable as a separate layer; its constituents have mingled with the peripheral layer of fine yolk particles. The cytodisc is reduced in thickness by the blending of its inner surface with the yolk disc.

The narrow path of cytoplasm leading toward the center of the egg from the apex of the cone of cytoplasm underlying the germinal vesicle has disappeared; likewise the yolk cup is, as a rule, no longer present. In this stage there is a slight increase in the number of chromatin granules dispersed amongst the nucleoli; otherwise the nuclear contents seem unchanged.

Ovaries taken during the last week in August and the first week in September usually contain some eggs with the germinal vesicle appearing at the surface. In the general organization of the egg before the germinal vesicle actually reaches the surface, there are few changes from the condition described for August 22. Fig. 26 shows the general topography of an egg with the germinal vesicle very close to the surface. The cone of cytoplasm underlying the germinal vesicle is beginning to mingle with the yolk; it is not present in the section figured. Within the germinal vesicle the nucleoli are massed more closely together at the center; there is an increase in the number of chromatin granules, and apparently a gradual disappearance of the chromosomes — in some eggs they could not be found.

At the close of the period considered, axial differentiation is evident in the following arrangement of material: (a) the excentric position of the germinal vesicle and the cone-shaped mass of cytoplasm underlying it; and (b) the formation about the animal



pole of a germinal disc or blastodisc consisting of two layers, a very thin peripheral layer of yolk-free cytoplasm which has been called the cytodisc, and underlying this a thick lenticular layer of mingled cytoplasm and dense fine yolk which has been called the yolk disc. At any given level the egg is radially symmetrical about the axis of polarity. In general the egg has progressed from an alecithal through an isolecithal to a telolecithal stage.

Fig. 26 Meridional section through an ovarian egg of an adult Cryptobranchus allegheniensis killed Sept. 6, 1910, showing organization just before the germinal vesicle reaches the surface. X 20.

The establishment of polarity, with axial differentiation, is an event of great morphogenetic importance, since the formative materials for the embryo are being segregated in the vicinity of the animal pole. Through later changes in the distribution of this material the animal pole comes to mark the anterior, the vegetal pole the posterior end of the future animal; hence the establishment of polarity defines the principal axis of the embryo.


The changes that immediately follow — the appearance of the germinal vesicle at the surface, the rupture of its membrane, and the reorganization of the germinal disc with the incorporation of materials brought from the interior of the egg by the nucleus — lead up to maturation and will be considered in the account of that process.

3. Resorption of ovocytes; the follicle cells in a phagocytic role.

In young females nearing maturity (about 38 cm. body length), a few ovocytes reach an advanced stage of development, becoming filled with yolk and attaining a size nearly as great as the ovocytes of an adult. These precocious ovocytes fail to undergo maturation changes, and during the breeding season begin to degenerate, or rather to be resorbed, together with some of the less advanced ovocytes only partially filled with yolk. Viewed in the living ovary, these degenerating ovocytes are colored a very bright yellow or orange. Digestion and absorption of the yolk granules is accomplished through the medium of the cells of the follicular layer proper, which become greatly enlarged and function as phagocytes, thereby reversing their usual role as nurse cells to the egg.

The first step in the process of degeneration of the ovocyte is the disappearance of the zona radiata; the later stages are illustrated by figs. 27 to 30. The follicle cells enlarge, by increase both in the size of the nucleus and in the amount of cytoplasm. The zona pellucida is ruptured; at the same time it becomes irregularly thickened, a circumstance which may be interpreted either as a shortening of the fragments due to the release of tension, or as a step in thg process of dissolution. The rupture of the zona pellucida allows the yolk to come in contact with the follicle cells; the latter engulf the yolk particles, and become surrounded by thin walls. About this time the zona pellucida disappears, and the follicle cells are left as large yolk-filled cells resembling columnar epithelium, forming a continuous layer around the egg.

Digestion of the yolk particles is completed first at the outer margin of the follicle cells, while the inner margin continues to engulf yolk. The included yolk granules stain less deeply with





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Figs. 27-30 Changes at the periphery of an ovocyte in the process of resorption; the follicle cells are shown in a phagocytic role. Fig. 27, read from left to right, shows the beginning of the process (compare with fig. 22 showing the normal condition of the follicle). The remaining figures, taken from different ovocytes, show successively later stages. X 244. ?/., yolk; z. -p., zona pellucida.


haemotoxylin than the others, and in sections stained with the borax-carmine Lyons-blue picric-acid mixture the included granules take the cytoplasmic stain more deeply.

The follicle cells later become greatly elongated, and the cytoplasm takes the form of a faint meshwork with large spaces. Ingestion of yolk continues at the inner ends of the cells, while the remainder of the cell functions as a long tube to convey the products of digestion to the periphery. The follicular layer remains one cell in thickness until the cells have reached a length of about 250 ii] with a further increase in thickness it becomes broken up into a meshwork of cells, amongst which are numerous capillaries. Ovocytes have been found in which this meshwork of cells reaches nearly to the center, and the remaining yolk is very small in amount.

In the adult female occasional eggs, though of full size, fail to escape from the ovary. Judging from their external appearance these ovocytes undergo resorption in the manner just described. A somewhat similar process of resorption has been described in the eggs of cyclostomes and fishes (Biihler, '02) .

4- The organization of the egg shortly before the appearance of the

germinal vesicle at the surface

At this point it may be well to summarize briefly the condition of the ovocyte in the stage immediately preceding the appearance of the germinal vesical at the surface (see fig. 26) .

The egg lies within a triple-walled follicular sac whose cellular membranes have undergone little change since they first became well established. The stalk of the follicle, and in general the animal pole of the egg, lie toward the periphery of the ovary.

The zona pellucida persists unchanged, except for a shght increase in thickness; the zona radiata shows signs of atrophy, and in some cases is assuming the character of a simple cell wall.

The nucleus or germinal vesicle has migrated from the center of the egg to a position near the periphery, ordinarily on the side toward the stalk of the follicle. During the migration of the germinal vesicle a cone-shaped mass of dense cytoplasm has


collected beneath it, and is now beginning to mingle with the surrounding yolk.

A germinal disc or blastodisc is evident in surface views of living material as a circular area, lighter in color than the rest of the egg, about 60° in diameter and situated on the more exposed side of the egg. In meridional sections it is shown to consist of two layers : a thin peripheral layer of cytoplasm, the cytodisc ; underlying this a thick lenticular mass of mingled fine yolk particles and cytoplasm, the yolk disc. The germinal vesicle lies at the center of the yolk disc.

The yolk disc is continuous with a thin peripheral layer of fine yolk granules, mixed with cytoplasm, which lies in contact with the zona radiata everywhere except in the region of the cytodisc.

The remainder of the egg is filled with coarse yolk granules mingled with fine yolk granules and a small amount of cytoplasm.

The nucleoli are grouped at the center of the germinal vesicle, and amongst them are numerous chromatin granules. In some eggs chromosomes are found at the center of the group of nucleoli, in others the chromosomes have disappeared.

A point on the surface overlying the center of the germinal vesicle marks the animal pole. The general arrangement of materials is radially symmetrical about the axis of polarity, with differentiation proceeding in the direction of this axis.


1. The germinal vesicle at the surface

Meridional sections through ovocytes with the germinal vesicle at the surface show little change in the details of structure from the condition previously described. The germinal vesicle is usually somewhat flattened against the periphery, and a portion of its surface is in direct contact with the zona radiata. Masses of a wavy fibrous material are occasionally found in the nuclear sap. A few fragments of chromosomes are present in some eggs; in others no chromosomes have been found. The nucleoli and chromatin granules persist at the center of the germinal vesicle.



2. The dissolution of the germinal vesicle, and the formation of the

first polar spindle

Material for the study of this stage was obtained from two females in which the majority of the ripening eggs had left the ovary, and were found distributed in the body cavity, oviduct and uterus. The nearly mature eggs left in these ovaries were found in every case investigated (nine eggs were sectioned) to have the germinal vesicle ruptured and its constituents well mixed with those of the blastodisc; in the majority of cases the first polar spindle had already formed.

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The rupture of the germinal vesicle and the distribution of its materials throughout the blastodisc must take place with considerable rapidity, since in eggs sectioned only the beginning and the end of the process have been observed. Fragments of the nuclear membrane, together with the wavy fibrous material previously noted in the germinal vesicle and innumerable fine granules, probably derived from the cell sap, become widely scattered throughout the germinal disc (see fig. 31). During this process of disintegration of the germinal vesicle the nucleoli and chromatin granules are lost to view. It seems improbable that all the chromatin granules should again be segregated as nuclear material; at any rate the rupture of the germinal vesicle affords an oppor


tunity for the contribution of important nuclear material to the cytoplasm.

The germinal disc or blastodisc no longer shows a division into two laj^ers ; the material of the cytodisc is intimately mingled with that of the yolk disc. The cone of cytoplasm following the germinal vesicle in its migration is likewise more or less thoroughly incorporated into the blastodisc.

The end result of the migration of the germinal vesicle to the surface and its disintegration in that situation is now apparent. All the material of the nucleus and a considerable amount of cytoplasm have been brought from the interior of the egg to the vicinity of the animal pole, fragmented, and the debris more or less scattered throughout the blastodisc. Out of this complex there soon emerges close to the surface at the animal pole the reconstructed nucleus in the form of the first polar spindle. One function of migration is doubtless to get this nuclear material to the periphery where a part of it may be disposed of in the maturation divisions. A further adaptation is found in the fact that, later, the egg-nucleus or female pronucleus is left in the center of the formative material of the blastodisc. A third end attained by migration is that the formative material of the blastodisc is added to by cytoplasm following the germinal vesicle, and also by substances derived from the germinal vesicle itself.

The zona radiata has become reduced in thickness, has lost its striation and no longer shows a distinct limiting inner surface — its inner margin is irregular or blends with the peripheral cytoplasm of the egg. When the egg is shrunken away from the zona pellucida the zona radiata usually remains organically connected with the egg. The character of the zona radiata has changed so radically that it will no longer be referred to by this name; it has become a simple cell wall to the egg, and as such takes part in the later process of cleavage.

The zona pellucida persists unchanged as the so-called vitelline membrane of the egg at the time of fertilization and during the early stages of embryonic development.

As in other amphibian eggs, only these two membranes, the zona pellucida and the cell wall formed from the zona radiata,



accompany the egg in its escape from the ovary; the process of ovulation involves the rupture of the follicle which remains in the ovary.

The occurrence of the first polar spindle was studied in two females, (A) and (B), in which the eggs were distributed from ovary to uterus inclusive. The first polar spindle was found in eggs taken from the following situations: ovary, body cavity, oviduct, and extreme upper part of the uterus; out of a total of twenty-eight eggs studied, the first polar spindle was found in thirteen cases. Five eggs taken from the lower uterus were studied ; no first polar spindle was found.

In the case of another female (C), in which the eggs were all in the uteri, no first polar spindle was found in three eggs sectioned.

Allowance miist be made for the fact that in some cases in which the first polar body is absent it may have been missed on account of imperfections in the series. The results are sufficient to justify the conclusion that the first polar spindle is usually present at the time the egg leaves the ovary and during its passage down the oviduct, and that it disappears about the time the egg reaches the uterus.

The first polar spindle (see figs.' 32 to 35) is formed with its long axis either coinciding with the axis of polarity of the egg, or oblique to this axis. The number of chromosomes is probably twelve before any of them have divided. There is an outer ring of six large chromosomes, surrounding a central group of six small chromosomes usually found in a state of division; it is probable that these six small chromosomes are not all of equal size. These size differences of the chromosomes are interesting in the light of well-known recent work indicating individual differences in the chromosomes of many forms.

There is frequently present close to the cell wall overlying the spindle a disc-shaped body with an irregular cross-striated structure, which, from its probable mode of origin, I shall call the 'contact disc' (see figs. 33 and 34). This disc takes the cytoplasmic stain, and seems to be of the same composition as the cell wall. The adjacent cell wall is slightly thickened and sometimes shows a cross-striation, reminding one of the zona radiata (compare the



effect on the cell wall of penetration by the spermatozoon, described later). The presence of the contact disc is uniformly accompanied by a deficiency of the spindle, which lacks an aster at the end nearest the disc. In a few cases there seems to be a small amount of sphere substance underlying the contact disc. The inference seems to be that the contact disc is the product of the aster of the first polar spindle modified by contact with the




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Fig. 32 c. w., cell wall, formed from the zona radiata. z. p., zona pellucida.

Fig. 33 c. d., contact disc.

Fig. 34 The section cuts the spindle obliquely and includes all the chromatin except one small chromosome belonging to the central part of the group, which is left in an adjacent section. There are probably six large chromosomes forming a ring, surrounding six small chromosomes in a state of division.

Fig. 35 A considerable part of the chromatin is left in an adjacent section. There are probably six large and six small chromosomes, arranged ipuch as in the preceding figure.

cell wall. The function of the disc, if it have any function, may be to anchor the spindle at the surface during the pulling-apart of the two sets of chromosomes. Unfortunately for this hypothesis the linin threads have not been traced from the chromosomes of the first polar spindle to the contact disc; but since the latter structure is never found except in conjunction with a polar spindle, there is no escape from the conclusion that it is in some way related to it.


Sections afford no explanation of the faint dark spot or shallow depression noted in surface views of the animal pole after the rupture of the germinal vesicle and before the formation of the second polar spindle. An actual depression overlying the first polar spindle is rarely found in sections; if present in the living egg it must be lost through shrinkage of the egg during the process of preparation for sectioning by the paraffin method.

The yolk granules immediately adjacent to the cytoplasm surrounding the spindle are distinctly larger than at the same level elsewhere; they are doubtless brought from a deeper situation by the migration of the nucleus.

The anaphase of the first polar spindle has not been observed, and the first polar body has been found only in a state of degeneration, in conjunction with the second polar spindle.

3. The second polar spindle

The second polar spindle (see figs. 36-38) may be distinguished from the first by the smaller amount of chromatin material, and by the fact that a well-defined pit already noted in surface views usually lies above it. This pit sometimes disappears in the late anaphase of the spindle.

The debris of the first polar body is usually found at the bottom or sides of the pit, outside of the cell wall; in some cases fragments of its chromatin are found mingled with the contact disc of the first polar spindle. The chromatin fragments stain but faintly with borax carmine.

The contact disc of the first polar spindle has fused with the thickening of the cuticle which overlies it. In the telophase of the second polar spindle a new contact disc is formed which soon fuses with the old. In some cases linin threads have been clearly traced from chromosomes to the contact disc of the early second cleavage spindle, thereby sustaining the view of the origin of the contact disc set forth in the account of the first cleavage spindle.

No second polar spindle has been found in any eggs of the two females, (A) and (B), for which the occurrence of the first polar spindle was tabulated. This indicates that the second polar spindle is not formed until after the eggs have been for some time









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Figs. 36 to 40 Meridional sections showing the second polar spindle, and the formation of the second polar body and the egg-nucleus in Cryptobranchus allegheniensis. X 340.

Fig. 36 Section through the second polar spindle of an unfertilized egg taken from the uterus of a ripe female, z. p., zona pellucida; p. b. I, debris of the degenerating first polar body.

Fig. 37 Section through the second polar spindle of an egg killed 15 minutes after fertilization. The section lies in the plane of the equator of the spindle.

Fig. 38 Late anaphase of the second polar spindle in an egg killed 2^ hours after fertilization. A considerable part of the chromatin is left in an adjacent section.

Figs. 39 and 40 Two consecutive sections through an egg killed 5 hours after fertilization ; the first figure shows the second polar body, the second figure shows in addition the newly-formed egg-nucleus.


in the uterus. In the third female (C) considered, in which all the eggs were in the uterus, a second polar spindle was found in one out of the three eggs sectioned. This result is sufficient to show that sometimes, if not always, the second polar spindle is formed while the egg is still in the uterus, previous to fertilization; hence the penetration of the egg by the spermatozoon is not required as a stimulus to the formation of the second polar spindle.

The question arises whether the second polar spindle is normally or ever present after the penetration of the egg by the spermatozoon ; in other words, do the processes of maturation and fertilization overlap? We must first take into consideration the possibility that eggs dissected from the uterus of a ripe female for purposes of artificial fertilization may not be quite so far advanced as eggs spawned and fertilized in a natural manner. Fortunately it has been possible to check results obtained through artificial fertilization by comparison with a case in which fertilization occurred in a more natural manner. For the study of fertilization three females, (C, D, and E), were principally used; eggs from the gravid uteri of the first two were artificially fertilized in the usual way; the third female spawned with a ripe male while the two were being carried in a pail of water.

Furthermore we must distinguish between what might be called potential fertilization, the mere contact of the seminal fluid with the gelatinous envelopes of the eggs, and actual fertilization, the penetration of the egg proper by the spermatozoon. While the act of fertilization is not consummated until the fusion of the germ-nuclei, the influence of the spermatozoon is felt in many ways as soon as it enters the egg cytoplasm, so that actual fertilization may be said to begin as soon as the spermatozoon pierces the cell wall of the egg. The time record is almost necessarily reckoned from the moment of mixing of the two sexual elements, or potential fertilization; actual fertilization follows after an interval necessary for the passage of the spermatozoon through the gelatinous envelope, which varies for the individual eggs and especially for eggs of different spawnings fertilized by different males, and which can be determined only by a careful microscopical examination of serial sections of each egg.


Out of twenty-one eggs from three females (C, D and E), preserved at intervals extending from fifteen minutes to two and one-half hours after fertilization, a second polar spindle was found in eighteen cases, and one or more spermatozoa were found in each of eleven eggs. The sections show that the spermatozoon may pierce the cell wall of the egg as early as fifteen minutes after contact with the outer envelopes, though a longer time is usually required.

Making allowance for faults of technique we may say that the second polar spindle is usually and probably always present from the time of fertilization up to two and one-half hours later, reckoned from the moment of mixing the sexual elements ; there is no essential difference in this respect between eggs artificially and naturally fertilized.

Only early stages of the second polar spindle are found in eggs up to and including one and one-half hours after fertilization; exclusively anaphase stages are found in eggs taken one and three-quarters to two hours after fertilization; the formation of the second polar body and the egg-nucleus (see figs. 39 and 40) is confined to a period between 4 and 8 hours after fertilization. While a stimulus from the spermatozoon is not required to initiate the formation of the second polar spindle, it is evident that the later stages of this mitosis are passed through only after fertilization ; in other words, the processes of maturation and fertilization overlap. Hertwig ('06) makes the general statement that in nature the time of fertilization of the amphibian egg falls between the formation of the first and second polar spindles.

4. The organization of the egg immediately before fertilization

At the time of spawning the egg is surrounded by the unchanged zona pellucida or vitelline membrane; within this is a thin cell wall, the transformed zona radiata, which is organically connected with the egg.

There are few changes in the general appearance of the blastodisc since the condition described shortly after the rupture of the germinal vesicle (see fig. 31). There is a more intimate incorporation of the materials of the germinal vesicle into the substance of


the blastodisc; shreds of non-formative material, such as fragments of the nuclear wall and the fibrous material of the germinal vesicle, are each surrounded by a closely adherent film of cytoplasm and are being absorbed. In eggs ready for fertilization the second polar spindle is sometimes, though perhaps not always, fully formed; it lies beneath a sharply-defined pit at the bottom of which may be found the debris of the first polar body.

The peripheral zone of fine yolk particles in the vegetal hemisphere remains as described in the late ovarian egg.


The history of the egg-nucleus

The formation of the egg-nucleus is shown in figures 38 to 40; the process is usually complete about five hours after fertilization. About ten and one-half hours after fertilization (see figs 47 and 48) the egg-nucleus has increased in size and sunk into the blastodisc to a point one-third as far from the surface as the position later occupied by the. copulation-nucleus (see fig. 52). A yolk-free region; partly filled with cytoplasm, extends from the egg-nucleus for a short distance toward the surface, indicating the path of migration (fig. 48) . At this time the egg-nucleus stains but faintly.

Figs. 41 to 43 Vertical sections of eggs of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, showing penetration of the egg by the spermatozoon. X 240.

Fig. 41 From an egg killed 2\ hours after fertilization. This figure is a reconstruction from two adjacent sections : the upper half of the figure is drawn from one section, the lower half from the other. The spermatozoon shown in the figure has entered the egg about 50° from the animal pole where the second polar spindle, shown in fig. 38, is in the late anaphase stage. Another spermatozoon in the same condition as the one figured has entered the opposite side of the egg a little below the equator.

Fig. 42 From an egg killed 3 hours after fertilization. The spermatozoon figured has entered the egg a little above the equator. This egg contains in all ten spermatozoa.

Fig. 43 From an egg killed 5 hours after fertilization. The arrow indicates the direction of the path of the spermatozoon which has entered the egg about 30° from the animal pole. The distance from the surface of the egg to the head of the spermatozoon is about one and one half times as great as in the preceding figures. The head of the si)ermatozoon is shown entire in this section; the tail persists in a somewhat abbreviated condition, but is not shown in the section figured. This egg contains another spermatozoon in the same condition.





2. History of the sperm-nucleus

(a). Penetration of the egg by the spermatozoon. As previously noted, spermatozoa may be found entering an egg taken as early as fifteen minutes after fertilization. In describing the process, we may best begin with an egg taken about two and one-half hours after fertilization (see fig. 41).

The zona pellucida or vitelline membrane is not affected further than by the formation of a minute perforation which can only rarely be found in sections. The zona pellucida is omitted in the figures.

The cell wall of the egg becomes greatly thickened around the perforation made in it by the spermatozoon. The thickened region is conical in form, with the apex of the cone pointing inward; its outer and central portions are cross-striated. The perforation persists as a conspicuous pore lying in the axis of the cone. The entire structure greatly resembles a micropyle.

Beneath this pseudo-micropyle the path of the spermatozoon is clearly indicated by a yolk-free cytoplasmic region. The form of this region, and the attitude assumed by the spermatozoon itself, indicate that the course pursued by the spermatozoon is a spiral one, with the axis of the spiral lying in a radial direction.

The spermatozoon at this time retains practically its normal form. As in Axolotl (Fick, '93) and Bufo (King, '01), the tail is not left behind at the surface; in Cryptobranchus it continues to serve as an efficient organ of propulsion. The undulating membrane persists, though it is not shown in the figure. The head at this time stains very faintly with the nuclear stain. The acrosome and middle-piece, alwa3s difficult to see with the magnification employed for the study of thick serial sections, have not been observed in this situation.

Surrounding the shaft of the spermatozoon for a short distance behind the head there is a spindle-shaped yolk-free region containing cytoplasm. This cytoplasm is particularly dense about the region of the middle-piece; from this locality as a center cytoplasmic strands, resembling linin threads, but finely granular, radiate in all directions, but those extending backward are more


prominent. This phenomenon is much more marked in some other cases than in the one figured.

In eggs taken about three hours after fertihzation (see fig. 42), the thickening of the cell wall has flattened to the form of a disc; it is strongly striated, recalling the zona radiata from which it takes its ultimate origin. The perforation made by the spermatozoon has disappeared. The cytoplasmic path of the spermatozoon has become filled with yolk, except for a broad shallow region underlying the thickening of the cell wall. The head of the spermatozoon has become shorter and thicker, and takes brilliantly the nuclear stain; the tail has become slightly shorter, perhaps by the degeneration of the posterior portion. The radiations of cytoplasm proceeding from the region of the middle-piece have disappeared, but in the same locality there is a somewhat larger spherical region of uniformly distributed yolk-free cytoplasm.

Five hours after fertilization (see fig. 43), the spermatozoon has penetrated only a little deeper into the egg. The thickening of the cell wall of the egg at the place of entrance of the spermatozoon has disappeared, but its site is marked by convolutions in the cell wall. The protoplasmic path leading from the surface of the egg to the spermatozoon has almost entirely disappeared, but traces of it persist at intervals along the route. The head of the spermatozoon is spindle-shaped and much shorter and thicker than before; the tail persists, but is somewhat abbreviated. The circular area of cytoplasm surrounding the head of the spermatozoon has expanded to form a large crescent, whose horns extend nearly at right angles to the path of the spermatozoon. The yolk granules underlying the crescent are decidedly coarser than those above it. This suggests a correlation of the internal structure with the 'sperm area' seen from the surface: the horns of the crescent produced would meet the margin of the sperm area (compare figs. 9 to 11 with figs 43 to 45).

Seven and one-half hours after fertilization (see fig. 44) the protoplasmic path is marked only by a region of sparsely distributed yolk granules extending from the surface for about two-thirds of the distance to the spermatozoon. The yolk granules are particularly dense in the region immediately above the crescent, and



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Fig. 45 Vertical section through an egg killed IO2 hours after fertilization, showing the sperm-nucleus. X 80. The spermatozoon has entered the egg about 25° from the animal pole. Fragments of the tail of the spermatozoon are to be found in the vicinity of the sperm-nucleus, but are not shown in this section.

Fig. 46 A portion of fig. 45 enlarged to show the sperm-nucleus. X 240.

Figs. 47 and 48. Two consecutive meridional sections through an egg of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, killed 10§ hours after fertilization, showing the eggnucleus. This nucleus is situated about one-third as far from the surface as the copulation-nucleus shown in fig. 52. X 240.


are here finer than elsewhere at the same level. The crescent has become larger, and thicker at the ends than in the middle. The head of the spermatozoon is shortened to the form of a thick spindle and stains deeply; the tail persists in an abbreviated condition. In the case of the spermatozoon shown in figure 44, an aster is found at a slightly higher level than the sperm head and a little nearer to the egg-nucleus. A study of the protoplasmic paths of the aster and the sperm-head shows that they have separated at a point midway in the path of the latter.

Ten and one-half hours after fertilization (see figs. 45 and 46) the spermatozoon has become transformed into the spermnucleus, which is amoeboid in form; the tail of the spermatozoon is represented only by fragments. At this time the sperm-nucleus lies about half as far from the surface as the copulation-nucleus shown in fig. 52. Immediately beneath the sperm-nucleus lies a considerable mass of cytoplasm, perhaps formed at the expense of the crescent which is dwindling except at the extreme ends. The remains of the crescent, and the characteristic appearance of the surrounding yolk, enable one readily to distinguish the spermnucleus from the egg-nucleus. The sperm-nucleus is smaller than the egg-nucleus, and like the latter does not stain deeply at this time.

The cytoplasmic changes in the egg caused by the invasion of the spermatozoon may be tentatively interpreted as follows: Under the influence of the centrosome, whose seat appears in this case to be in the middle-piece, egg-cytoplasm collects about the neck of the spermatozoon. Here the centrosphere and eventually the entire aster is formed. As the spermatozoon invades the deeper region of coarser yolk particles, the resistance offered to the progress of the accompanying mass of cytoplasm causes it to flatten out like a bullet fired against a wall, assuming a form crescent-shaped in section. Presently the spermatozoon, during its transformation into the sperm-nucleus, comes almost to a full stop, allowing the mass of cytoplasm again to assume a spherical form.

Numerous observers have described in both invertebrates and vertebrates a rotation of the sperm head after it enters the egg,


whereby the middle-piece is brought into position to precede during the further process of migration. Fick ('93) has described this process in Axolotl, and Dean ('06) has noted it in Chimaera. King ('01) found no indication of a rotation of the sperm head in Bufo; possibly this condition is correlated with the fact that in Bufo the centrosome appears to be located, not in the middlepiece, but in the head of the spermatozoon. In Cryptobranchus rotation of the sperm head apparently takes place at a rather late stage in the process of transformation into the sperm-nucleus. In the stages shown in figures 43 and 44, the greatly shortened sperm head is usually placed with its long axis oblique or at right angles to its former path, so that one end points toward the egg nucleus. But in these stages it has not been possible to trace any connection between the tail of the spermatozoon and its head, and since the aster has already separated from the sperm head, in no case can it be stated which end of the sperm head is the one pointed toward the egg-nucleus.

The spermatozoon ordinarily enters the blastodisc in a more or less centripetal direction, and continues in this direction for a considerable distance; sometimes its path inclines almost from the beginning in an oblique direction toward the point of future union with the egg-nucleus. In either case the axis of the spiral path is ordinarily straight up to the time of the transformation of the head of the spermatozoon into the sperm nucleus; the later course of migration has not been followed. In an egg preserved an hour and three-quarters after fertilization, a spermatozoon, which had entered the blastodisc unusually near the animal pole, described a path which proceeded in a centripetal direction only a very short distance, then curved sharply in a direction parallel to the surface, toward the second polar spindle which was in the late anaphase condition. The form of the spermatozoon remained unaltered, and rotation of the sperm head had not commenced. This case is instructive in showing that the factors tending to bring the germ-nuclei together are active at a very early stage of fertilization: the egg-nucleus was not fully formed, and the spermatozoon had not begun its process of transformation into the spermnucleus. Moreover it is evident that in this case at least the


'copulation path' (see Hertwig, '06, p. 529) is not dependent upon the rotation of the sperm head.

(6). Polyspermy, and the fate of the supernumerary spermatozoa. Brief data regarding the occurrence of polyspermy have already been given. It is possible that the method of artificial fertilization increases the number of spermatozoa entering the egg ; but in nature the eggs are fertilized in a confined space, and I see no reason to doubt that polyspermy is a common occurrence under natural as well as artificial conditions. It is evident that we have here to deal with physiological, not induced or accidental polyspermy (see Brachet, '10), for the eggs develop in a normal manner.

While the distribution of spermatozoa entering the egg is largely if not entirely a matter of chance, the location in which a spermatozoon finds itself has much to do with its ultimate fate. Spermatozoa entering the lower hemisphere, especially in the region of the vegetal pole, never penetrate far, and since they are found in this hemisphere only during the first few hours after fertilization, must quickly degenerate. In the urodele Hynobius, Kunitomo ('10) found that a spermatozoon entering at the vegetal pole sometimes succeeds in reaching the egg-nucleus; but the careful study of many eggs has convinced me that this never occurs in the heavily yolk-laden and strongly telolecithal egg of Cryptobranchus.

Only in the blastodisc have spermatozoa been found in the stage characterized by the presence of the cytoplasmic crescent (figs. 43 and 44). Obviously, the conditions elsewhere are unfavorable for the formation of any considerable mass of cytoplasm about the spermatozoon. In the stage with a well-formed cytoplasmic crescent, not more than two spermatozoa have been found in a single egg. No accessory spermatozoa have been found in any situation after the formation of a sperm-nucleus. The supernumerary spermatozoa thus have but a transient existence, and the only advantage resulting from polyspermy is doubtless that, in an egg so large, penetration by several spermatozoa is of value in insuring fertilization.

The literature on the occurrence of polyspermy in the amphibian egg has recently been reviewed by Kunitomo ('10). As noted in a previous paper (Smith, '11), I have found polyspermy



occurring in eggs of Amblystoma tigrinum fertilized under natural conditions; the material secured for the further investigation of this subject has not yet been worked up. Polyspermy seems to be characteristic of heavily yolk-laden eggs lacking a preformed micropyle.

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Fig. 49 Meridional section through an egg of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, killed 12 hours after fertilization, showing fusion of germ-nuclei. The spermnucleus is probably the smaller one. X 240.

Fig. 50 Meridional section showing fusion of germ-nuclei in another egg killed 12 hours after fertilization. The sperm-nucleus is probably the lower and smaller one. X 240. For the position of this copulation-nucleus in the blastodisc see fig. 52 which is drawn from the same section.

3. Union of the germ-nuclei, and formation of the first cleavage


In two eggs killed twelve hours after fertilization, the germnuclei have been found in the process of uniting (figs. 49 and 50) ; in these two cases the copulation-nuclei are at approximately the same distance from the surface (see fig. 52), quite deeply situated in the blastodisc and a little to one side of the axis of polarity. The smaller germ-nucleus is probably the sperm-nucleus. The egg-nucleus stains brilliantly with borax-carmine; the spermnucleus takes the stain less deeply. The sperm-nucleus especially is surrounded with dense cytoplasm; in one case (fig. 50) this


exhibits a tendency toward radial striation and probably represents the aster.

The study of the paths of migration of the germ-nuclei and the copulation-nucleus is not quite complete, but indicates that the germ-nuclei come together at a higher level than that occupied by the copulation-nuclei shown in the figures.

The first segmentation nucleus in a resting condition has been found in an egg killed eighteen hours after fertilization; the first cleavage spindle has been found in an egg killed seventeen hours ' after fertilization.

4. Changes in the blastodisc

In eggs taken from fifteen minutes to ten and one-half hours after fertilization, cytoplasm is accumulating in irregular patches underlying the animal pole (fig. 51). During this period, practically all traces of the debris of the germinal vesicle disappear. In places, the surface of the blastodisc is sometimes very irregular, almost villous; this may be due to injuries resulting from the actual or attempted entrance of spermatozoa.

In eggs taken from twelve to eighteen hours after fertilization (copulation nucleus to first cleavage spindle) the cytoplasm is gathering in a broken layer close to the surface of the blastodisc. The beginning of this process is shown in figure 52. In Hynobius, Kunitomo ('10) has noted a somewhat similar condition. During the latter part of the period considered the layer of cytoplasm becomes much thicker than is shown in the figure, but retains its segmented character.

During the first two hours after fertilization there is a marked increase in the thickness and extent of the blastodisc as a whole (see especially fig. 51). Evidently the greater part of this change takes place before the egg has become oriented with the animal pole uppermost, hence it is independent of any possible sorting effect of gravity acting on the materials of the egg.

No marked changes have occurred in the lower hemisphere since the egg left the ovary.

The later changes in the blastodisc lead up to first cleavage and will be considered in that connection.






The follicular layer proper of the ovarian egg of Crypt obranchus is formed from some of the deeper non-germinal cells of the ovarian wall which resemble the epithelial cells of the outer and inner limiting membranes. The follicular membrane proper completely surrounds the egg and is suspended in a two-layered flask-shaped sac which projects from the inner surface of the wall of the ovary

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Fig. 51 Meridional section through an egg of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, killed If hours after fertilization, showing the condition of the blastodisc. The irregular faintly stippled areas near the animal pole contain yolk-free cytoplasm. X 18. p. s. //, second polar spindle.

Fig. 52 Meridional section through an egg of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, killed 12 hours after fertilization, showing condition of the blastodisc and position of the copulation-nucleus. Yolk-free cytoplasm is segregated in a broken layer near the surface of the blastodisc. The copulation-nucleus is shown a little to the left of the center of the figure. X 18.


into the central cavity; in a broad sense, the entire three-layered structure may be called the follicle.

The zona radiata is formed from the peripheral substance of the egg proper; at the time of the rupture of the germinal vesicle it becomes transformed into a simple cell wall, in organic connection with the egg.

The zona pellucida is formed as a secretory product of the folhcular layer proper; it persists unchanged as the ' vitelline membrane' of the embryo.

The earliest observed phenomena which may perhaps indicate polarity occur in the ovarian eggs of young females of a body length of 26 to 30 cm., as a shifting of the region of most abundant vitelline bodies from the future vegetal to the future animal hemisphere. In the ovarian eggs of young females of a body length of 35 cm there is a concentration of nucleoli on the side of the germinal vesicle toward the future animal pole; this may perhaps afford a second indication of polarity.

Yolk-formation begins in the most advanced ovocytes of young females with a body length of 35 cm. ; the yolk is first laid down in concentric zones. With respect to the position of the germinal vesicle, the distribution of cytoplasm, and the size of the yolk particles in the different zones, the egg exhibits radial symmetry until after it is nearly or quite filled with yolk.

About the time when the egg becomes completely filled with yolk, the germinal vesicle migrates from its central position toward a point on the surface which is thus defined as the animal pole. Coincident with the migration of the germinal vesicle, axial differentiation of the cytoplasmic and yolk contents of the egg lead to the formation of a germinal disc in the region of the animal pole.

In general the animal pole of the egg lies within the stalk of the follicle and toward the periphery of the ovary.

In the late ovarian egg a structure called the yolk cup is interpreted as the physiological equivalent of the concentric layers of dense fine yolk found in the eggs of birds and various other vertebrates.

Shortly before maturation the germinal disc is temporarily differentiated into two layers: a thin peripheral layer of yolk


free cytoplasm, and underlying this a thicker layer of especially fine yolk particles rich in cytoplasm. Both layers are continuous with much thinner layers of the same character surrounding the remainder of the egg.

In the ovocyte ready for maturation, the germinal vesicle lies close to the surface at the animal pole, and is surrounded by the germinal disc. A mass of cytoplasm has accumulated beneath the germinal vesicle during the later stages of its migration. The arrangement of materials is now quite strongly telolecithal.

Shortly before the rupture of its wall, the germinal vesicle appears at the very surface at the animal pole. The rupture of the germinal vesicle takes place just before the egg leaves the ovary; the cytoplasmic and yolk layers of the blastodisc now mingle, and the materials of the germinal vesicle, together with the cytoplasm brought with it from the interior of the egg, are incorporated into the blastodisc.

Absorption of degenerating ovocytes is accomplished by means of the follicle cells, which reverse their usual role as nurse cells of the egg, and function as phagocytes.

The first polar spindle is formed about the time the egg leaves the ovary, and disappears about the time the egg enters the uterus. There are marked size differences in the chromosomes.

The second polar spindle is formed shortly after the egg enters the uterus; it lies beneath a deep pit readily visible from the surface.

The penetration of the egg by the spermatozoon is not required as a stimulus to the formation of the second polar spindle.

The late stages of the second maturation division, culminating in the formation of the second polar body and the egg -nucleus, are passed through only after the spermatozoon has entered the egg; in other words, the processes of maturation and fertilization overlap.

A structure resembling a micropyle is formed in the cell wall of the egg around 'the perforation made by the entrance of the spermatozoon. The influence of the entering spermatozoon upon the egg is shown by characteristic changes in the distribution of the yolk and cytoplasm.


Physiological polyspermy is of normal occurrence. The supernumerary spermatozoa lead but a transient existence.

Union of the germ-nuclei takes place at a point deeply situated near the center of the blastodisc, and is followed by the segregation of masses of cytoplasm forming a broken layer near its surface.


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53 Cryptobranchus allegheniensis. Living eggs dissected from the ovary, showing the germinal vesicle at the surface. The small spots within the germinal vesicle are probably nucleoli. Ovarian membranes containing blood-vessels wholly or partially cover the eggs. X 4.

54 Cryptobranchus allegheniensis. Unfertilized eggs with their gelatinous envelopes, after two days' immersion in water. Natural size.





































55 Necturus maculosus. 'Nest' of eggs of Nectunis. The stone to which the eggs are attached has been removed from the water and set on edge on the wharf ; it is about IG inches in diameter. The embryos are in an advanced stage of development.

56 Necturus maculosus. Eggs and envelopes shown in their natural position in the water, attached to a piece of board; natural size. Kroni a drawing by Professor Bashford Dean.






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EDWIN G. CONKLIN From the Biological Laboratory, Princeton University


In his very thoughtful and suggestive address at the Zoological Congress of the World's Columbian Exposition on "The Inadequacy of the Cell Theory of Development" Professor Whitman ('93) pointed out the fallacy of the view, prevalent since the time of Schleiden and Schwann, that organization means cellular structure and that ontogeny means cell formation." On the other hand he maintained that "organization precedes cell formation," and that "the secret of organization, growth, development lies not in cell formation, but in those ultimate elements of living matter for which idiosome seems to me an appropriate name."

The truth and importance of this position were well supported in his argument and have been justified by later work on the organization of the germ cells, as well as by the older work on the Protozoa; but no one would have been more ready than Professor Whitman to recognize the fact that this protest against a dominant doctrine did not express the whole truth. It may be granted that a certain amount of organization precedes cell formation without granting that all organization does. Indeed we know that the latter is not true; very much of the organization which we see in higher organisms occurs only after cell formation, and, in all probabihties, as a result of it. Indeed the organization which is possible without cell formation is probably only such as is found among Protozoa and germ cells.

What the full meaning of cell formation in the development of higher organisms is we do not know, but it seems practically

1 Prepared for The Whitman Memorial Volume, but received too late to be included.



certain that it is associated not merely with growth in size but also with growth in complexity. The degree of differentiation of an organism is not determined entirely by the number of cells in its body, but cell number is certainly one of the factors in differentiation. It is now known that the protoplasm of certain egg cells is composed of different substances which may be localized in different parts of the egg, and in this respect it resembles the protoplasm of a protozoan cell. Lillie ('02) has shown that certain simple differentiations, such as the appearance of cilia, may occur in eggs which do not undergo cleavage, but these differentiations do not go beyond this primitive, protozoan stage. When these differentiated portions of the egg protoplasm are separated from one another by cell membranes, the differentiations increase in degree, if not in number. The whole progress of embryonic differentiation is thus associated with differential cell division.

Of course there are many cell divisions which are non-differential, in which the daughter cells are alike, and such cell divisions are not essential to progressive differentiation, though they are essential to growth. We are thus able to separate growth and differentiation, for while the latter consists in an increase in the kind of structures, the former consists in an increase in their size and number merely. In embryonic development, however, these two processes usually go hand in hand ; and in many instances size differences between cells are the earliest differentiation which can be recognized.

Almost all species of animals and plants have a more or less characteristic body size which, in spite of individual variations, may be said to constitute the norm of the species. Specific differences in body size may be slight, or they may be enormous, as in the case of the mouse and the elephant. In similar manner different individuals of the same species may differ in a marked degree in body size, the individuals which represent the extremes of size being known as dwarfs and giants. The question whether the difference between a dwarf and a giant, or between a small sized and a large sized race or species, is due to a difference in size of the ultimate units of structure, the cells, or to a difference


in their number, or to both, is one of fundamental interest and importance.

Some of the earliest observations in this field were made by botanists and served to show that differences in body size are due to the number of cells present rather than to the size of the individual cells. Erich Amelung ('93) determined that the larger or smaller development of a plant body has no influence on the size of its adult constituent cells." Sachs ('93) also called attention to the lack of correlation between cell size and body size. Strasburger ('93) reached the same conclusion concerning the embryonic cells from the growing points of extremely large and small individuals. He says: »

Not the cell size, onty the cell number, is influenced by the different size of an individual . . . . It was surprising to me to find that while individuals of the same species always showed the same size of embryonic nuclei and cells, varieties of these same species might differ greatly from each other.

In an interesting paper on one of the mutants of Oenothera lamarckiana, O. gigas, Gates ('09) comes to practically the same conclusion. He says (p. 543) :

In 0. gigas we have an organism built of bricks which are larger and whose relative dimensions are also altered in some cases. These two factors will apparently account for all the differences between 0. gigas and O. lamarckiana, and the second factor may be one merely of readjustment consequent upon the first. It is probable that the number of cells is approximately the same in both cases.

This is evidently one of those cases, of which Strasburger speaks, in which different species or varieties of the same species may differ greatly from each other in cell size.

In the case of animals the earlier work on cell size was confined largely to studies on nerve cells and fibers. Gaule ('89) concluded from a study of the spinal cord of the frog that differences in the size of individuals of the same species influenced only the size of the ganglion cells but in no way influenced their number, which might be considered a constant factor. Donaldson ('95) after summarizing a number of observations on the number and size of nerve cells in man says (p. 192) :


The determination of tlie number of neuroblasts occurs so early in the history of an individual, and under such uniform conditions, that it is very tlifficult to regard the environment as possessed of much power to cause variation in this r(\spect, and for this reason among members of the same race a high degree of constancy in this character is to be anticipated.

He regards differences in brain weight as due to differences in the size of the nerve cells, the number remaining constant. Hardesty ('02) found that in various mammals the motor nerve cells from the spinal cord were largest in the elephant and smallest in the mouse, while in animals which were intermediate in size the nerve cells were intermediate. Levi ('05) has made an extensive study of cell size in different species, particularly mammals. He finds that the size variations of epithelial and gland cells are insignificant and are not correlated with body size. Measurements of ganglion cells gave entirely different results; here the size of the cell varies with the size of the animal. Nerve fibers and lens fibers show the same correlation with body size as do ganglion cells. In muscle he finds that the diameter of the fiber is usually larger in large animals than in small ones, though this is subject to many variations. Levi points out the significant fact that epithelial and gland cells divide throughout life, whereas the other types of cells named cease to divide at an early age.

Morgan ('95) concluded that in echinid larvae derived from isolated blastomeres the number of cells is approximately proportional to the size of the blastomeres or egg fragments from which they came. However in the case of partial larvae of Amphioxus Morgan ('96) held that one-half larvae contained about two-thirds as many cells as whole larvae, while one-fourth larvae had more than one quarter, but not quite one-half the total number in a whole larva. Driesch ('98, '00) determined in a very satisfactory manner that the number of cells in partial larvae of echinids is one-half the normal number in one-half larvae, onefourth in one-quarter larvae, etc., while in larvae from two fused eggs the number of cells is double the normal number. And since these partial or double larvae all have the typical structure of a normal larva he was led to the formulation of the 'rule of the fixed size of specific organ-cells.'


Rabl ('99) found that the size of cells of the crystaUine lens was practically constant, but the cell number a variable one, depending upon the size of the organ. Boveri ('04) also found that in dwarfs and giants of the human species the size of epithelial cells from the tongue and of bone corpuscles from a phalanx agreed perfectly with those from an individual of normal size.

Chambers ('08), on the other hand, has questioned the view that a certain cell size is characteristic of a species or race; he finds that the size of an individual frog, and the size of its constituent cells, depends upon the size of the egg from which it came. In agreement with the earlier work of Morgan ('04), he has found that the size of the frog's egg may vary considerably; whether laid by the same individual, or by different ones, the diameters of eggs of extreme size may vary as much as 1 : 3. The smaller eggs give rise to smaller tadpoles and frogs, which are composed of smaller cells, than those derived from larger eggs. He beUeves with Popoff ('08) that the initial cause of the variations in the sizes of eggs is to be found in unequal division of the nucleus or plasma of the oocytes.

Popoff ('08) holds that sperm cells as well as egg cells vary in size. He supposes that when a large egg is fertilized by a large spermatozoon a large individual with large cells results ; whereas from small eggs and small spermatozoa small individuals with small cells arise. He admits that the operations of this law may be obscured by two other conditions, viz., (1) various factors which limit or inhibit growth, and (2) rich nourishment which influences only the number of cells, and not their individual size. He affirms, therefore, that body size is not inherited as commonly supposed — it has no specific representative in the germ plasm; only the size of cells, not the size of individuals, is inherited.

Berezowski ('10) has made a study of cell size in relation to body size in white mice, varying in age from ten days to five months, and in body volume from 4 cc. to 25 cc. He finds that with the growth of an animal there is an increase in the cell size and nuclear size, particularly in the length of cells and of nuclei of the intestinal epithelium adjoining the pylorus. In a second paper,


Berezowski ('11), shows that the cell size is slightly greater in castrated mice than in normal ones.

In a series of briUiant studies, Jennings ('08, '09, '10, '11, etc.) has shown that at least eight different races, or 'pure lines,' of Paramecium may be distinguished by their size. The mean length of the largest race is to that of the smallest about as 5 : 1. While the variations in length within each race is considerable, the norm for each race is quite characteristic. He finds that the differences in size between individuals of the same race are due to growth and environment and are not inherited, whereas the differences between different races are inherited.

In addition to the foregoing references there are doubtless many other observations on the relations of cell size to body size scattered through the literature. These references, however, are believed to include the most important works on this subject, as well as the principal conclusions which have been reached.

The following observations on the relative size and number of cells from the bodies of different species of Crepidula, and from different individuals of the same species were made many years ago, and a brief note on this subject was published at that time (Conklin '96), and a somewhat more complete account in a subsequent paper ('98).



I have made no extensive study of cell size in relation to body size in different classes of animals, most of my work having been confined to different species of gasteropods, and principally to the genus Crepidula. Without any special study on this subject, however, it is quite evident from casual observation that different classes differ widely in cell size, and that these differences are not usually correlated with differences in body size. The great size of cells in amphibians, nematodes and some insects is well known, whereas in echinodcrms, annelids and mammals the cells are relatively much smaller. Even different species, and varieties of the same species, may show considerable differences in cell size, as Strasburger, Gates and Boveri have shown.



a. Body size. I have studied in some detail the body size and cell size of four species of the genus Crepidula, as well as of several species of other prosobranch gasteropods. The mature females of Crepidula are always larger than the males and are firmly attached to some object from which they are unable to move; the males on the other hand are smaller and have greater power of locomotion. In the following measurements of body size and cell size the two sexes were always carefully separated; twenty mature individuals of the same sex were chosen and, after having been removed from their shells, they were placed upon blotting paper to remove any excess of water and were then


Body size in the genus Crepidula



C. convexa 0.01

C. adunca 0.025

C. plana j 0.046

C. fornicata ! 1 . 25


0.05 208 I 0.667 1.60





8.3 14.5 1.34



1.0 2.5








dropped into a known volume of water in a graduated tube; in this way the average body volume of the twenty specimens was determined.

6. Tissue cells. Various tissue cells from corresponding organs and parts of organs of C. convexa, C. plana, and C. fornicata have been measured with the Zeiss 1/1 micrometer eyepiece and 3 mm. homogeneous immersion objective. The average dimensions of such cells are given in table 2, and these measurements show plainly that there is no constant correlation between body size and cell size in these different species; the size of many tissue cells is practically the same in all species (e.g. most of the epithelial cells) while in those cases where the cell size differs in different species, the larger cells are not always found in the species of larger body size. Certain cells vary so much in size, especially



in large organs where it is impossible to be certain that precisely corresponding cells have been measured, that no great reliance can be placed upon such measurements and comparisons; this is the case with the epithelium of the mantle, stomach and kidney. On the other hand in organs which consist of relatively few cells, or where the individual cells are easily identified, much confidence can be placed in these measurements; this is the case with the cells of the gill filaments, osphradium, liver ducts, muscles, and sex cells.

TABLE 2 Size of adult tissue cells in different species of Crepidula




0.05 cc.

0.65 CC. 1.5 CC.







Tissue cells Ectodermal epithelium Mantle near anus


3 X 18

4 X 12 3x^6

6 x21

6 X 21


15 x50 6 x36

6 10




4x6 3 X 12


6 \ 14

fi V Q



Gill filament, external ciliated cells. .

Cells internal to chitinous rod

4 X 15 4x8 4 X 15 4 V 9

4 X 15 4 X 12

4x7 4x6

Osphradium. . . .

3 x75 6x24 5 X 24

3 X 10 4 X 66


Retina, maximum cells


7 V 94


Endodermal epithelium Liver duct

7 X 21

Liver cells, without secretion. .

7 X 30

Liver cells, with secretion


Mesodermal cells

Blood corpuscles, maximum

15 X 59 9 x'28

6 6

12 x33 6 X 27


Muscle fibers, maximum diameter



Although the body size differs greatly in different species of Crepidula, the volume of an adult male of C. fornicata being one hundred and twenty-five times that of the male of C. convexa, and the volume of an adult female of C. fornicata being thirtytwo times that of the female of C. convexa, the size of the tissue cells is practically the same in all of these species. Of course it follows that the number of cells is much greater in the larger sized species than in the smaller sized ones.

c. Sex cells. In one type of cell, the sex cells, there is a constant and considerable difference in size between the different species. In all stages of the development of the ova, from the last generation of oogonia to the fertilized egg, these cells differ markedly in size in the different species. In C. convexa, C. fornicata, and C. plana the diameters of the oogonia at the time when they are preparing for their last division are 27 ix, 16 fx and 12 jjl respectively. Similarly the first generation of oocytes, before the formation of yolk begins, measure 57 /j., 42 ^ and 36 ,u respectively in these three species. These differences in the diameters of the oocytes are associated with corresponding differences in the sizes of their nuclei, yolk nuclei and yolk spherules, as is shown in table 3.

There are also differences in the manner of yolk formation in these three species; in C. plana and C. fornicata the yolk granules appear to be formed pretty uniformly throughout the protoplasm of the egg; in C. convexa the yolk is formed at the base of the cell, where it is attached to the jovarian wall, while the portion of the oocyte next the lumen of the follicle is a cap of protoplasm which for a long time remains free from yolk.

Finally the dimensions of the fertilized but unsegmented eggs of four species of Crepidula and one species of Fulgur, together with the average number of eggs laid by each mature female, and the total volume of these eggs as compared with the body volume, is given in table 4. There is here no constant relation between the size of the individual egg and the volume of the adult, though in general the species of Crepidula of smaller body size produce the larger eggs (v. Conklin, '97). On the other hand the size of the egg is correlated with its mode of development, the





Size of sex cells in different species of Crepidula






Cell Nucleus Cell


Oogonia, at last division

Oocytes I, before formation of yolk

Oocytes I, maximum yolk nucleus

Oocytes I, maximum yolk spheres

Ootids, after fertilizazation

Spermatocytes I

Spermatocytes 11... .

Spermatid, chromatin condensed

Mature spermatozoa [Head.

Eupyrene | Middle piece


Oligopyrene (Length '• \ Width.

27 57

280 9 8


30 110 66 1.5


28 27 36

7 6

12 36

142 8 7



54 2

6 20

6 15

6 5

15 42

12 24 12 12




54 2

smaller eggs producing free-swimming larvae while the larger eggs give rise to larvae which undergo metamorphosis within the egg capsules and escape only when the adult form has been reached. The larger eggs have a much larger quantity of yolk than the smaller ones, but they also have a larger quantity of cytoplasm and larger nuclei; even in the oogonial stages, before any yolk is formed, these cells are much larger in C. convexa than in C. plana; indeed these oogonia differ as much in size as do the mature eggs. It would be a great mistake to suppose that the larger eggs differ from the smaller ones merely in the quantity of yolk which they contain, as is usually assumed. Such a marked and constant difference in the size of egg cells, where other types of cells are so uniform, is significant. There is some evidence that in the species




O o ^5^ O^ CO

Figs. 1 to 3 Unsegmented eggs of Crepidula plana, C. convexa, and C. adunca, drawn to the same scale, to show relative sizes of eggs, germ nuclei, and cytoplasmic and yolk areas.



with the larger eggs a considerable number of oiDgonia, or of follicle cells, fuse to make a single egg. In the very early stages of the oogonia, in C. convexa, there is no marked difference between the germ cells and the follicle cells ; later they differentiate and the follicle cells become more numerous than the oogonia. Both follicle cells and oogonia are sometimes imbedded in young ooc3^tes, ,or even in the oogonia, and in such cases the size of the oocytes is greater and their number fewer than in other species in which such a fusion has not been observed.

TABLE 4 Number, size and volume of eggs as compared with volume of adult female


C. plana

C. fornicata. . C. convexa. . . C. adunca. . . . Fulgur carica






ca. 9000


ca. 13200


ca. 220


ca. 180


ca. 750






0.001489 13.4 0.003156' 41.65 0.011494 2.53

. 036087 2.13

6.50 1597.5










1 :50 1 :38 1 :20 1 :32

The adults of the several species of Crepidula are so x^ri^ble in size, color and form that it is frequently difficult to distinguish the species; however the egg size of each species is highly characteristic and constant, and by this means I have been able to distinguish doubtful species, and in one case to show that a supposed species (C. glauca Say) is only a locally modified form of C. convexa, (Conklin, '98). I know of no other animals in which the size and form of sexually mature individuals are so variable and the specific egg size so constant as in the genus Crepidula.

A similar, though less marked, size difference is seen in the male sex cells of the different species of Crepidula. In table 3 the dimensions of the spermatocytes of the first and second order, the spermatids, and the mature spermatozoa, both eupyrene and oligopyrene, are given for C. convexa, C. plana and C. fornicata. In the case of the eupyrene sperm the tail is very long, about 110 M in C. plana, and it is very tenuous toward the end so that I have not been able to measure it with certainty ; however it is


easy to get the average length of the head and middle piece in all three species. These measurements show that the male cells at all stages are larger in C. convexa than in the other species named, thus forming a parallel case with the egg cells of this species.

Popoff ('08) maintains that there are small variations in the sizes of the sex cells of different species, caused by inequalities of division and by unequal growth during the growth period. He supposes that when a large egg is fertilized by a large spermatozoon a large individual, composed of large cells, results; whereas if the sex cells are smaller than usual the individual developing from them will also be smaller. Applying this hypothesis to the case of Crepidula, we should expect to find that C. convexa, which has larger eggs and spermatozoa than the other species considered in table 2, would show a larger body size and cell size than the other species; on the contrary the size of tissue cells is not greater, and the body size is much less in C. convexa than in C. plana and C. fornicata. In this case it is evident that the egg size does not determine the body size nor the cell size of the adult, but that differences in body size are due to varying rates of growth and cell division in the different species. It is true that I am here dealing with different species, whereas Popoff's hypothesis applied to different individuals of the same species, but it would be a remarkable fact if so general a proposition as Popoff's should be completely reversed in two closely allied species. We have not generally regarded specific differences as so fundamental.

Popoff admits that body size may be the result of conditions favorable or unfavorable to growth. A study of the conditions which lead to the production of dwarfs or giants in Crepidula plana shows that here these factors are environmental, and not germinal; I have discussed elsewhere (Conklin '98) this case and will summarize it later in this paper. Undoubtedly environmental conditions have much to do with body size. But in the case of different species, each with characteristic body size, the factors which determine size cannot be merely environmental.

In all animals there is a limit, and in most cases a clearly defined one, to body size and consequently to cell growth and cell division. This hmit may be imposed by unfavorable environment, or by


certain intrinsic conditions, which are for the most part unknown. In some instances there is a direct relation between egg size and bod}^ size, as in the male and female eggs of Dinophilus, phylloxerans, rotifers and spiders (Montgomery '08). On the other hand there is marked dimegaly of the sexes in each species of Crepidula, as shown in table 1, without any corresponding dimegaly of the sex cells, but it is possible that protandric hermaphroditism may sometimes occur in these species (Conkhn, '98, Orton '09). It is well known that egg fragments produce smaller embryos than entire eggs, and Zur Strassen ('98) has shown that from two fused eggs of Ascaris megalocephala a giant individual may result. According to Morgan ('04) and Chambers ('08) frogs' eggs which are smaller or larger than usual give rise to individuals which are smaller or larger than the mean. All of this shows that within a species there may be a relation between body size and the size of the 'Ausgangszellen.' But at the most this is only one factor of several which determine body size, and in many cases, as in the genus Crepidula, the other factors are the more important ones.

In the case of different species or varieties, even though closely related, it is evident that egg size in general cannot be directly correlated with body size. Here the rate and duration of .cell growth and cell division are the most important factors in determining body size.

d. Blastomeres. In the early cleavage of the eggs of these gasteropods the blastomeres are, cell for cell, the same, except for size, in all the species, whatever the size of the egg may be. The direction of cleavage and its relation to the chief axis of the egg, the rhythm of cleavage and the relative sizes of daughter cells, the constitution of the blastomeres, whether protoplasmic ordeutoplasmic, and the ultimate destination of the individual blastomeres is the same in all the species of Crepidula, (figs. 4 to 12). In all of them the ectomeres are separated from the entomeres as three quartets of micromeres, which contain most of the cytoplasm of the egg but no yolk (figs. 4 to 7) ; in all of them the mesomere (4c?) arises from the left-posterior macromere, and contains both yolk and cytoplasm; in all species, the entomeres are the four



P'igs. 4, 5 Eight-cell stage of eggs of C. plana and C. convexa, drawn to the same scale, showing relative sizes of blastomeres, nuclei, spindles, etc.

Figs. 6, 7 Twenty-four-cell stage of eggs of C. plana and C. convexa, drawn to same scale and showing relative sizes of blastomeres, nuclei, and protoplasmic and dcutoplasmic regions of the egg.


large macromeres which contain httle cytoplasm and almost all the yolk. The early subdivisions of the ectomeres take place in exactly the same way in the largest as in the smallest eggs, though the individual cells are larger in the former than in the latter. When the third and last quartet of ectomeres is separated from the macromeres, the first quartet has divided, and, in the smaller eggs of C. plana, the second quartet also, so that the completely segregated ectoderm consists of a plate of sixteen, or twenty, protoplasmic cells resting upon the great yolk cells, or macromeres (figs. 6, 7). Since this ectodermal plate contains most of the cytoplasm of the egg, its dimensions in the different species give a fair idea of the relative amounts of cytoplasm in these eggs. This plate is larger in the large eggs than in the small ones, as table 5 shows, and of course the individual cells of which it is composed are larger in the former than in the latter. It will be seen by consulting table 5 that the diameter of the ectodermal plate is considerably greater than the diameter of the cytoplasmic area of the unsegmented egg; this is due in large part to the more complete segregation of the cytoplasm in the later stage than in the earlier one, though in part it is due to the growth of cytoplasm at the expense of yolk, as I have shown elsewhere ('12.)

It is a matter of capital importance that all differential cleavages of the egg are precisely similar in number and character in all these species of Crepidula, whatever the size of the egg may be. Not only are all the cleavages which give rise to ectomeres, mesomeres and entomeres the same in all species of the genus, but all subdivisions of these cells, which are differential in character are the same in all these species, so far as I have been able to determine. It is only in the case of non-differential cleavages that differences in the number of cells appear in the different species. But while the differential cell divisions do not vary in number under normal conditions, this number is not to be regarded as irrevocably fixed, for it may be experimentally altered, as I shall show in another paper.

Although the number of cleavage cells is the same in all species during the early cleavage stages, it comes to differ greatly in the



Figs. 8 to 10 Corresponding stages in the eggs of C. f ornicata, C. convexa, and C. adunca, drawn to the same scale. The blastomeres correspond cell for cell except that one additional ectoderm cell (the basal cell in the posterior arm of the cross, shaded by transverse lines) is present in C. adunca (fig. 10) which is not present in the other species. There are present: 39 ectoderm cells (40 in C. adunca), 6 mesoderm cells, 7 endoderm cells.


later stages, the number of ectoderm cells being greater in the larger eggs than in the smaller ones. Up to the 52-cell stage the number of cells is the same in the eggs of all the species examined; at this stage one additional ectoderm cell appears in the posterior arm of the 'cross' in C. adunca which does not appear until later in the other species (the additional cell is the one shaded by transverse lines in fig. 10). At the 82-cell stage four such additional cells are present in C. adunca, two in the posterior arm of the cross and two in the posterior 'turret' cells, all the other cells being the same in all the species (figs. 11, 12). .These additional cells of the posterior arm of the cross and of the posterior turret cells are all similar histologically as well as in 'prospective significance' with the cells from which they were derived. They all become the large ciUated cells of the 'posterior cell plate' (Conklin, '97, p. 109), and ultimately give rise to the large cells which form the head vesicle of the larva. In the later stages of cleavage many additional ectoderm cells appear in the larger eggs which are not present in the smaller ones. Most of these additional cells appear in the primordia of organs after these have been established, and consequently represent only an increase in cells of a given kind. These primordia form chiefly on the oral side of the egg, whereas the greater part of the aboral hemisphere is covered by the large cells of the posterior cell plate. As a cpnsequence the number of cells visible from the aboral pole at the period of the closure of the blastopore does not differ greatly in number in the different species; whereas the cells visible from the oral pole differ greatly in number in the different species, there being more than three times as many in C. adunca as in C. plana at the time when the blastopore closes, and in later stages this disporportion becomes much greater.

Table 5 gives the diameter of the egg and of the ectodermal plate in different species of Crepidula, at the time when the ectomeres are first separated from the macromeres; also the approximate number of ectoderm cells, visible from the oral and the aboral poles at the time of the closure of the blastopore, in the different species.



Figs. 11, 12 Corresponding stages in the eggs of C. fornicata and C. adunca, drawn to the same scale. In the former there are present 62 ectoderm, 10 mesoderm and 7 endoderm cells; in the latter 66 ectoderm, 10 mesoderm, and 7 endoderm cells. The 4 additional ectoderm cells in C. adunca are 2 additional posterior turret cells and 2 posterior basal cells, shaded by transverse lines.



TABLE 5 Cell size and cell number in the development of Crepidula and Fulgur


C. plana

C. fornicata. . C. convexa. . , C. adunca. . . Fulgur carica



D'-eter J^^^ °f ess plate


Diameter Diameter of protoof egg plasmic area

Number of cell? visible

Oral pole

Aboral pole



ca. 142

ca. 65

ca. 134| ca. 80



ca. 182

ca. 86

ca. 182! ca. 100



ca. 280

ca. 90

ca. 280 ca. 144



ca. 410

ca. 120

ca. 410 ca. 200



ca. 1600

ca. 160

ca. 1600 ca. 320

ca. 5000


This table shows that although there are many more ectoderm cells in the larger eggs of Crepidula than in the smaller ones, this increased number is chiefly confined to the oral pole, where the primordia of the various organs are located, and it also indicates, as was emphasized above, that the increase in the number of cells in C. adunca as compared with C. plana, is due to a greater number of non-differential divisions in the former species after the primordia have been estabUshed.

It seems probable that the more frequent divisions of the ectomeres in C. adunca as compared with those of C. plana is associated with their larger initial size, but at present it is not possible to determine why the smaller cells of the latter species continue to grow and divide for a longer period than the larger cells of the former.

e. Larvae. Finally the body size and cell size of fully formed larvae of C. plana, C. convexa, and C. adunca are given in table 6. In the case of C. plana the larvae measured were of maximum size and were ready to escape from the egg capsules; in the other species the larvae were of a corresponding stage of differentiation, with velum and larval organs of maximum size, though these larvae undergo metamorphosis within the egg capsules and do not escape until they are adult in form. The body volume of these larvae was roughly determined by measuring the length and breadth of the body as seen from the dorsal side, the thickness of the body being approximately the same as its width.



TABLE 6 Body size and cell size of fully formed larvae of Crepidula

Dorsal view

Dimensions of body



Relative vohimes

Dimensions of cells

Oesophagus ! 6 x 12

Stomach (pyloris)

Foot epithelium

Gill epithelium

Retina (post. wall)-.

Sex cells (?)



n C- '









335 ,





6 X 12


X 12


X 15

6x 12

X 15


X 15





X 30


X 12


X 15


X 15


X 18



While the relative volumes of the unsegmented eggs of these three species are as 1 : 7 : 24, the relative volumes of the larvae are as 1 : 3 : 10; in short, the growth of the embryo and larva of C. plana has been more rapid than that of C. convexa and of C. adunca, so that the great disproportion which existed between the eggs of these species at the beginning of development, has begun to disappear.

Likewise the cell dimensions of the larvae of these three species show that the great disproportion in size of the early cleavage cells of C. plana, as compared with C. convexa or C. adunca, has begun to disappear. The cells of the larvae of C. plana are but little smaller than those of C. convexa and C. adunca, but they are much fewer in number. Even among the larvae differences in body size are due chiefly to differences in cell number, rather than to differences in cell size, just as is true of adults.

Evidently growth in volume during embryonic stages has been more rapid in C. plana than in the other species named. This may be due to a greater absorption of water on the part of the embryo of C. plana; and in accordance with this suggestion it may be said that the cytoplasm of this embryo is less dense and stains more faintly than that of the embryos of the other species. Davenport ('97) showed, long ago, that the increase in bulk of the frog embryo and larva, up to the time when it begins


to take food, is due to absorption of water; and in the embryos and larvae of Crepidula it seems probable that varying rates of growth may be due to this same factor. This increased growth of the embryo of C. plana as compared with those of the other species, continues through the larval and post-larval stages, so that in the end the adults of the first named species become much larger than those of the latter. On the other hand the number of cell divisions during embryonic stages is much greater in C. convexa and C. adunca than in C. plana, so that the embryos ' and larvae of the former species are composed of a much greater number of cells than in the case of the last named species. But in post-larval stages cell divisions become much more numerous in C. plana than in C. convexa or C. adunca, so that in the adult condition the first named species contains a very much greater number of cells than either of the others.

Considering only the intrinsic factors of growth, one may say that the size of an embryo is the result of the initial size of the egg, but the size of an adult individual is due for the most part to the duration and rate of cell growth and cell division. The size of the germ cells is of little significance in determining the body size of adult individuals in different species of Crepidula, though it may possibly be of some importance in determining the body size of different individuals of the same species and race, when all other conditions are equal. In different races and species the important factor in determining body size is the duration and rate of cell growth and cell division. Many extrinsic factors are known to limit or promote such growth and division, but in the case of species which differ greatly in size and in which body size is a very characteristic feature it would seem necessary to suppose that size is inherited, — that some of its causes must be intrinsic ones. What these intrinsic factors are which limit cell growth and division in some cases and which promote such processes in others, is at present entirely unknown. However it seems probable that upon such factors depends in the main the difference between a mouse and an elephant, while the initial size of the sex cells is of only minor importance.



I have already discussed in detail an interesting case of environmental dimorphism in C. plana (Conklin, '96, '97, '98), but since this work has apparently escaped the attention of other workers on this subject I shall here quote from one of these papers ('98) at some length. The ordinary or typical form of

Crepidula plana is found most abundantly in dead shells of Neverita inhabited by the large hermit crab, Pagurus polycarpus. In this position individuals grow to a large size, mature females frequently reaching a length of two inches and a breadth of one and one-quarter inches. A dwarf race of C. plana occurs in the dead shells of Nassa or Littorina, inhabited by the little hermit crab, Pagurus longicarpus; the largest individuals of this race never exceed three-quarters inch in length and three-eighths inch in breadth, i.e., they are about one-third the linear dimensions of the larger form.

There is good evidence that these dwarfs are not a permanent variety or race. In the first place there are no anatomical differences between the two varieties save size only; secondly the eggs, embryos and larvae of the two cannot be distinguished; .... finally, a few specimens were found which showed by the shape and character of their shells that at one time they had been typical dwarfs; afterwards, having been detached, they obtained a new foothold on a larger surface, and their shells increased in size, the new portions of the shell being shaped so as to fit the surface upon which they had found a new home. In every such shell one can recognize both the dwarf and the normal forms. The dwarfs are what they are by reason of external conditions, and not because of inheritance; they are, in short, a physiological and not a morphological variety.

The average body volume of a mature female of C. plana is f cc, while the average volume of a mature female of the dwarf variety is ^o cc, i.e., the average body volume of the typical form is about thirteen times that of the dwarf. This disproportion in size would be much greater if comparison were made between the largest individuals obtainable in the two classes, since the dwarfs are much more uniform in size than the type forms.

The dwarfs are perfectly formed in all respects, and all organs of the body seem to be reduced in about the same proportions. It is interesting to note that certain organs, or parts of organs, which are formed in considerable numbers in the course of development, are reduced in number but not in size in the smaller individuals;- this is true of the number

- In agreement with these observations are the experiments of Miss Peebles ('97) on the regeneration of small pieces of hydra; in such cases one, two, three or four tentacles are formed, depending upon the size of the regenerating piece.



of gill filaments, and the number of lobules of the liver and ovary. The number of gill filaments in three individuals, which differed greatly in size, was as follows:

Mature female Volume of body, 0.75 cc, Gill filaments, 204

Immature female Volume of body, 0.05 cc, Gill filaments, 53

Dwarf female (mature) Volume of body, 0.05 cc. Gill filaments, 58

Table 7 gives the dimensions of certain tissue cells from sexually mature individuals of C. plana of widely different body size. All cells measured are from corresponding parts of similar organs. In each instance the dimensions given represent an average of about one hundred cells from at least four different individuals of approximately the same size. I am indebted to Mrs. Anna N. Bigelow, one of my former students, for the care with which she performed the laborious task of making these many measurements.

With the exception of the ganglion cells and the muscle fibers, the differences in cell size in these different individuals is slight

TABLE 7 Size of tissue cells of mature individuals of Crepidula plana of different body size

Ectodermal epithelium

Mantle, near anus

Gill chamber, epithelial lining

Foot, epithelium

Gill filament, external ciliated cells. .

Gill filament, cells internal to chitinous rod


Ganglion cells, largest in pedal ganglion Endodermal epithelium

Liver duct

Liver cells, with secretion

Stomach opposite liver duct


Mesoderm cells

Kidney cells

Muscle fibers from foot, diameter


Giant 9 0.75-.8CC.

6 X 13 6 X 11 6x14 4x 15

3 X 15 3 x75

17 X 23

6 X 21 15 X 59 13 X 54 10 X 28

13 x38 6

Dwaif 9 0.05 cc.


6x 14 5 X 11 6x 15 4 X 15

4x 12 4 X 75 9 x20

6x20 16 X 58 12 x54 12 X 27

10 X 38 5

Typical 6 0.05 cc.

6 X 13 6 X 12 6x 15

3 X 15

4 X 12 4x78

10 x20

6 X 18 17 X 66

11 x43 10 X 25

13 X 34



and insignificant, and these results, which were briefly reported in both of my former papers on this subject ('96, '98), show that differences in the body size of different individuals are due to the number of cells present rather than to the size of individual cells. To quote again from one of the papers referred to ('98, p. 438) :

It is an almost impossible task to count the number of cells present even in a very small organ. I have, however, been able to count the number of cells present in cross sections of the rectum, and while the size of the cells here, as everywhere, is the same in the large as in the small individuals the number of cells is greater in the former than in the latter.

Of all the cells of the body, the ova are most easil^^ enumerated ; they are laid in capsules which can be easily counted, and each of which contains a nearly constant number of eggs. Oft repeated observation shows that without exception the fertilized, but unsegmented, eggs of the dwarfs are of exactly the same size as those of the giants, but are very much fewer in number; e.g. table 8 shows the averages obtained from a larger number of observations.

It is notable that the number of capsules formed is nearly the same in the two varieties, though there is a great difference in the number of eggs inclosed in each capsule.

In Crepidula, therefore, the cell size is fairly constant, and variations in the size of the body are due to variations in the number of cells present. . . . . Whatever the cause of the dwarfed form may be, it will be noted that in Crepidula it operates by stopping growth and cell division.



Marked as is the environmental dimorphism in C. plana, the sexual dimorphism is even greater (table 1), the average female being almost fifteen times as large as the average male. In all species of Crepidula the males are smaller than the females, though the chfference in size is greatest in C. plana.

TABLE 8 Size and number of eggs laid by typical and dwarfed individuals of Crepidula plana

C. plana (type). . C. plana (dwarf).


1.36* 136*





176 64




More recent measurements, made with another scale and other lenses, show the eggs to be about 142 ju in diameter before the first cleavage, as given elsewhere in this paper.



In the case of the males, as in that of the dwarfs, the smaller size of the body is due to the smaller number of cells present rather than to the smaller size of the cells. Careful measurements of the cells of the intestine, stomach, liver, kidney, muscles of foot, epithelium of gill chamber, epithelium of gill filaments, etc. show that the cell size remains the same in the male as in the female (table 7). Whatever the ultimate cause of the smaller size of the males may be, it operates in this case as in that of the dwarfs, by causing a cessation of growth, and cell division.

It seems probable from the observations of Orton ('10) as well as of myself (Conklin '98) that the small males of the genus Crepidula may sometimes grow into the larger females, and that we have here a case of protandric hermaphroditism. If so the smallness of body size and cell number in the males of this genus may be considered to be youthful characteristics.

I have found no evidence that the difference in the size of adult males and females is associated with differences in the size of the eggs as is the case in rotifers, phylloxerans, and Dinophilus, and if protandric hermaphroditism occurs in this genus, such dimorphism of the egg would not be expected.


In the genus Crepidula differences in body size may be very great; the volume of the average male of C. fornicata is one hundred and twenty-five times that of the average male of C. convexa; and the volume of the average female of C. fornicata is thirtytwo times that of the average female of C. convexa. Within the single species, C. plana, the volume of the average female is about fifteen times that of the average male and about thirteen times that of the dwarf female of the same species.

In spite of these great differences in body size, the size of tissue cells is approximately the same in all species examined, and in all individuals of both sexes and of very different sizes. In the main differences in body size are due to differences in the number of cells persent, and not to variations in the size of individual cells. Ganglion cells and muscle cells form the principal exception to this rule.

These results agree with most of the work which has been done on cell size in relation to body size, and particularly with the re


suits of Levi ('05). On the other hand Berezowski ('10) finds that the size of intestinal epithelial cells is smaller in young mice than in older ones, and that with the general growth of an animal there occurs a growth in the height of these cells. However this observation does not contradict the conclusion reached in this paper; indeed it is true of Crepidula, as of the mice studied by Berezowski, that younger animals have smaller cells than older ones, as will be seen by comparing the size of larval cells given in table 6 with that of adult tissue cells given in tables 2 and 7. It is well known that the size of cells depends to a certain extent upon the rate of cell division and the length of the resting period, and the rate of division is slower and the resting periods longer in mature animals than in young ones. In all my measurements I have, so far as possible, compared animals of the same stages, so that the developmental changes in the size of cells does not materially influence my results.

But while tissue cells maintain a very uniform size in Crepidulae of all species and sizes, provided they are of corresponding ages, the sex cells differ enormously in size and number in the different species, the species of small body size having in general larger and fewer eggs than species of larger size. On the other hand within the same species the sex cells are of approximately the same size in all individuals, but they differ in number in animals of different body size, just as the tissue cells do.

The larger eggs of C. convexa and C. adunca are larger in every respect, having more cytoplasm as well as more yolk than the eggs of C. plana and C. fornicata. Even in the oogonia and early oocytes, before yolk begins to form, the eggs of the former species are larger than those of the latter. The spermatozoa and spermatocytes of C. convexa are also larger than those of C. plana or C. fornicata. Presumably the sex cells of C. convexa are larger from the time of their first appearance, and it is possible that this is due to their being derived from larger blastomeres, as well as to the fact that the primitive sex cells divide less often in species with large eggs than in those with small ones. It seems probable also that the oogonia or oocytes ingulf a larger number of oogonia and follicle cells in C. convexa than in C. plana.


The larger eggs give rise to larger blastomeres and to larger embryos and larvae than do the smaller eggs. The sizfe of tissue cells is nearly the same in the larvae of the different species, and this size is less than that of adult tissue cells; but the number of cells in the larvae of different species differs greatly being approximately proportional to the body volume of the various larvae. Finally cell growth and division continue for a longer period in species of Crepidula which have small eggs than in those which have large ones, with the result that the former give rise to larger adults than the latter. In the different species of this genus the size of the germ cells does not determine the size of the adult (Popoff, Chambers).

Within the same species differences in body size are due in the main to differences in cell number, the cell size being approximately constant. Small individuals are as complete and perfect as large ones, all the typical differentiations and organs being present in the former the same as in the latter. But in parts which are reduplicated, such as the gill filaments, lobules of liver, kidney, ovary and testis, etc., these parts are more numerous in large individuals than in small ones. In the parts which are reduplicated, whether they be organs or cells, there is practically no differentiation between the different members. Increase in size is due to an increase in the number of these parts or cells, without any increase in the total number of the various kinds of differentiations.

On the other hand, differential cell divisions, such as are found in the early cleavages of the egg do not vary in number in eggs or embryos of different size. The study of the cell lineage of these gasteropods shows that the cleavage is cell for cell the same in eggs and blastomeres of all sizes and species until ectomeres, entomeres and mesomeres are completely separated, and until differential divisions have given place to non-differential ones. So far as cell division is associated with differentiation and morphogenesis in the cleavage period, the number and character of these divisions do not vary in different species or individuals; so far as it is associated with growth, and the ' vegetative duplication of parts,' but not with differentiation, it may vary enormously. Pro


fessor Whitman's ('93) statement that, "The organism dominates cell formation, using for the same purpose one, several or many cells," is true within certain limits. But the differences in cell number which are unimportant are only those which are associated with growth and not with differentiation, with trophic as contrasted with morphogenetic processes.

Supplementary Note. After this paper had gone to press I received an important publication by S. Morgulis entitled "Studies of Inanition in its Bearing upon the Problem of Growth," Arch. f. Entw.-Mech., Bd. 32, 1911. The author finds that both the size and number of cells are decreased in starving animals. Experiments of my own on starved planarians yield the same result.


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Froyn the Biological Laboratory of Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota



In a previous article an account was given of the distribution in this country and Canada of Chnostomum marginatum together with some notes on its habits. A short time after the pubUcation of that article (Osborn, '11) Professor Linton informed me that he had recently found specimens of Clinostomum marginatum in brook trout which were taken from Alder Lake, a private preserve in the Catskill Mountains in New York. The conditions under which the trout live are well described by Linton ('10). "It is a lake of forty acres in the heart of the mountains. The owner maintains a well equipped hatchery on the stream below the outlet and allows no other fish than trout in the lake." It is thus clear that the infection takes place in the lake, or, in other words, that the first stages of this worm and its primary host are to be found there. The lake is visited by fish-eating birds and thus we can readily account for the introduction of the parasite. As pointed out in my previous article, we possess no information as to the early stages in the life history of Clinostomum. We do not know its first host nor anything about its development. It is evident from the facts now known as to the occurrence of the parasite at Alder Lake that the infection must come from some form living in that lake, very likely some invertebrate serving as food to the trout. Occurrence in a small lake narrows down the problem of discovering this missing




chapter in the hfe history of our subject to very workable hnits. More favorable conditions for a study of the point could hardly be imagined. Professor Linton's communication also adds a rew host and a new locality to our knowledge of the distributior of this animal.

The present paper gives an account of the organization of Clinostomum marginatum. In justification of this when t\^o accounts are already extant I may plead the fact that neither cf them are fully adequate and in some points both are erroneousClinostomum is a parasite of some of our most desirable game and food fishes and it is especially obnoxious because it is lodged in the edible portion of its host. In order to keep the paper within reasonable size I have left out many histological items and it is hoped that later, when certain points have received additional study, a further account of the histology may be published.


The outer form of this, as of most trematodes, is extremely changeable. It has therefore seemed best to give a description of the form and measurements of worms after fixation. There is little difference in form and proportions of body between the late immature stages from cysts in the fish and frog and mature worms from the heron. The encysted worms appear to average very little smaller. Figs. 1 to 4 enable one to obtain an idea of the form of the animal. Fig. 1 is from a worm killed under compression, which, after carmine staining, has been mounted entire. Figs. 2 and 4 are from horizontal and transverse series; they show parts which are on different planes as if they were on the same level and need to be checked by the transverse sections shown in fig. 3. Fig. 3 shows transsections from seven levels, all drawn to the same scale. They are from a series of about one thousand sections and the accompanying number is that of the section in the series, and shows, though only very roughly, the distance of the sections from each other.

The body is subdivided into two regions separated at the level of the ventral sucker. Anteriorly it is almost cylindrical, its cross section being an ellipse, posteriorly it broadens considerably



and is frequently somewhat concave on the ventral surface. In hving animals the posterior region of the body at times becomes momentarily flattened and may thin out to a sharp lateral fin but this is a merely momentary form followed by the thicker form seen in the sections. The constriction of the body at the level of the ventral sucker is shown in Wright's figure (79, fig. 1) and in that of Linton ('98, pi. 44, fig. 6). It is also found in the other species of the genus as can be seen in several of the forms figured by Braun ('00).

The dimensions of thirty-nine individuals were obtained from worms mounted whole in balsam and drawn in outline with the camera lucida. The measurements were taken both from mature heron material and from bass worms.

These figures correspond fairly with those previously published except that the minimum one for length is the least thus far recorded. A part of the differences can doubtless be attributed


Showing the length and width in millimetres of thirty-nine individuals of

C. marginatum

Fkom bass



From heron





(0.3 PER cent)







3.1 1.2





3.5 1.3





3.8 1.0





4.0 1.6





4.0 1.6





4.0 1 1.6





• 4.0 1 1.6












. 1.5





5.0 1.3





5.5 ( 1.5


















to the great mobility of the animal, but the series is too regular to be wholly due to mere differences of degree of extension of animals of a constant length and indicates also the existence here of a length variation such as is common in all animal groups. They furnish further an indication that the encysted worms, which are slightly younger, are smaller than the heron worms. The average length of the eleven specimens from the bass is only 4.1 mm. while that of the sixteen worms from the heron, fixed with the same reagent, is 4.59 mm. It is interesting to note the larger figures for the chromic acid material. The average length of these individuals is 6.77 mm.

The form of the anterior end of the body is remarkable. In many distomes the walls of the body converge anteriorly and meet at the mouth, here they run parallel until they intersect the margin of a peculiar area, the oral field, which closes the anterior end of the body. In an animal in which the oral field is in the resting position, as in fig. 4, it is oblique to the axis of the body, with the dorsal side projecting somewhat beyond the ventral. It is this obliquity to which Leidy's generic name alludes. Fig. 1 shows the margin of the oral field where it meets the side wall. Often there is a slight depression in the margin of the field at this point. In fig. 5 the field is retracted, a very frequent act of the living animal; this section is from a specimen which was caught by the fixing reagent in this act. A fuller account of the oral field structure will be given later.

The ventral sucker (figs. Iw, 3 C, and 4) is a very conspicuous organ, both in the whole animal and in sections and is much larger than the oral sucker. In all living and preserved animals which I have seen it is entirely enclosed within the contour of the body. Its opening is always very distinctly visible and is usually triangular, with one of the equal sides anterior and the apex posterior. In some cases, however, as in fig. 1, the three angles are rounded, or the opening (as in Linton, '98, pL, 44, fig. 6) maj' be circular or even almost square (Wright, '79). The sucker has a length of 0.7 mm. and the same width and measures 0.4 mm. dorsoventrally. It is about half as thick as the body and reduces its space very much, as shown in fig. 4 C. The reason foi- the


great size of the ventral sucker has not been indicated by the behavior of the animal. I have not seen it used at any time. Its histological structure is such that it would seem to be fully functional and its great size indicates a function of considerable importance but no activities have been observed in connection with it.


MacCallum ('99, p. 699) states that at about the middle portion of the body behind the ventral sucker the genital openings [italics mine] are seen, close together, that of the female apparatus being directly in front of the male." Also on page 703 he says that the female genital opening is located "directly in front of the male genital pore." These statements certainly imply that there are two genital pores, a condition not found elsewhere in trematodes. The statements are however contrary to fact and are not consistent with MacCallum's figs. 3 and 7 where a single genital pore is clearly shown, so that it is difficult to see how they crept into his paper. The exact position of the genital pore was determined for twenty-two individuals, the data for which are shown in table 2.

The total length and width/ measurements are given and the distance from the anterior end to the genital pore. In order to make direct comparisons possible the position of the pore in percentage of total length is given in the column on the right. The opening is thus shown to lie posterior to the center of the body in every instance and to vary between 53.7 per cent and 68.3 per cent as extreme limits. A part of this difference may perhaps be attributable to individual differences of contraction or reagent action but in addition to these we must attribute it in part to variation in the actual position of the pore. If we take the average of these figures we should have 56 per cent as the point of location. The fact that some of the worms of this table show a greater length than any given in table 1 is because they are specimens killed under compression and are consequently unnaturally elongate. I have however admitted them to this table, as the



TABLE 2 Measurements used in determining the -position of the genital opening










mm. '

3.8 4.4 6.0 6.0 6.2 6.7 6.8 6.9 6.9 6.9 7.0 7.2 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.75 7.8 7.9 8.3 8.8 9.2 10.8




















































750 b




750 e


















56.6 57.3











750. 1




compression may be supposed to have acted equally in all directions and so has not influenced these results.

A comparison of the figures of the different species of this genus as given in Braun's paper ('00) shows that the position of the genital pore differs very much in them, it being very near the posterior end of the body in C. heluans (fig. 10 a) 80.3 per cent, and very posterior also in C. dimorphum. It is nearly 79 per cent in the maximum case of C. marginatum of the table just given.

The genital pore opens into a chamber, the atrium (fig. 3) in which the male and female genital systems end. The opening of the terminal part of the uterus, the 'metraterm,' lies in this atrium anterior to the position of the cirrus of the male system.


This fact corresponds with the statements of Mac Galium except in so far as he gives the impression that these openings are located on the outer surface of the body. The excretory, pore opens (as shown in fig. 4) dorsally very near the posterior end of the body.


In general the trematode body is encased in a wall made up of a non-cellular cuticula, which may or may not be spinous, resting upon an outer zone of the parenchyma in which muscles run in various directions. For convenience we may consider the oblique muscles as marking the inner boundary of the wall though there is no break in histological structure at that point. The fibers of the oblique muscles lie in groups considerably spaced from each other so that the central parenchyma passes up between the muscles to the cuticle. This well-known structure is shown by Braun in Fasciola hepatica ('93, pi. 29, figs. 1, 2 and 3); it is also found in Cotylaspis (Osborn, '04, fig. 21) and in many other forms.

In Clinostomum marginatum there is a decided departure from the usual type which, since a similar structure has not been reported for any other trematode so far as known, merits a detailed description. Figs. 3, 4 and 5 show the relation of the wall to the body as a whole. The wall seems to be distinctly marked off from the central substance in these figures, due to the prominence of the large oblique muscles.

The cuticle is as usual. It measures from 0.01 to 0.015 mm. in thickness, is entirely structureless, is reinforced by spines which ordinarily do not project beyond the surface. The spines are acute and taper from a broader base seated on the deeper surface of the cuticle. They are set close together. Twin spines of smaller size sometimes occupy the position of one spine of ordinary size, as if the amount of embryonic material apportioned to one spine had been subdivided between two. Spines are found in all parts of the general surface of the body, they are more numerous on the ventral surface and on the posterior parts of the dorsal surface. They are not found generally on the surface of the oral field, with the exception of a small area immediately adjoining


the mouth opening. The spines have a strong affinity for stains and in the iron-haeniatoxyhn preparations are deeply tinged by it, while the cuticle remains unaffected. We know nothing of the process by which spines are formed.

The principal peculiarity of the wall of Clinostomum is the existence in its inner layer of an extensive system of cavities, an extension of deeper cavities pervading the parenchyma everywhere, connected ultimately with the excretory collecting vessel. A full description of these cavities will be given in connection with the excretory system of which it forms a part. They are conspicuous in longitudinal sections and can be seen in fig. 4 G and figs. 6 and 7. The subcuticular cavities run in such a direction as to encircle the body, with connections inward to the collecting vessel as seen in transverse sections.

Organs in the cuticle, perhaps sensory. Certain cavities in the cuticle (see fig. 8) are possibly parts of sensory organs. They can be found in the areas in the oral field immediately around the mouth and on the dorsal surface near the anterior end, but not in the surface generally. In fig. 8 two of these are shown. They are spherical cavities excavated in the substance of the cuticle by which they are entirely enclosed except at the base of where they are open to the parenchyma on which the cuticle rests. The cavities thus have no communication whatever with the exterior. A fine deeply stained fiber can be traced into these cavities from the parenchyma. The indication from views like that of the cavity on the right in the figure is that this thread expands into a disk resting against the upper surface of the cavity. The best interpretation of the function of these organs which we can make on the basis of their structure is that they are the terminations of a pressure sense apparatus, the fiber being regarded as a prolongation from a more deeply seated nerve cell.

We have very few references to such organs in the cuticle of other trematodes. They are doubtless not uncommon but not many forms have been examined for them. Nickerson ('95) found a very similar organ in Stichocotyle, one of the Aspidobothridae. The organ shown in his fig. 15 differs only in size from the one in fig. 8 of this article. Bettendorf also ('97, fig.


30) found organs of much the same kind in the oral sucker of certain distomes. Pratt ('09, fig. 10) copies a figure of a section of the body wall of Ligula, one of the cestoda, from Zerneke. The section made by the Golgi method shows nerve cells located some distance below the cuticle from which threads run outward to small spherical ' sense organs' located in the basal level of the cuticle. These organs and those of Nickerson are similar in structure to those of Clinostomum. In Cotylaspis (Osborn, '-04, fig. 33) the cuticle contains organs apparently of sensation but of a different type from these. They are in the surface of the cuticle and communicate with the exterior. They have a number of stainable fibers which unite and pass as a single thread inward through the cuticle and disappear in the parenchyma. Nickerson, in the article just referred to, in his fig. 14 has shown an organ in the cuticle which communicates with the exterior.

Muscles of body ivall. The usual muscles are present as in trematodes at large. Figs. 6 and 7 show them in longitudinal and transverse section respectively. In addition to them there is a layer of longitudinal muscle, which lies immediately below the cuticle. This is an unusual layer of longitudinal muscle, the usual one being located inside the circular muscle, while this is external to it. * We may designate it the outer longitudinal muscle (mo) the other being then called inner (mi) in the figures. The fibers of this outer longitudinal layer were seen by Looss ('85) and are shown in his fig. 23. According to his figure they are very much stronger than I find them in my sections. In my material the fibers are exceedingly small, having a diameter of only 0.0009 mm. In fig. 7 they are shown under a magnification of 1100 diameters. Their size can perhaps be better appreciated by a comparison with those of the inner longitudinal layer as seen in figs. 6 and 7. In the latter the fibers are cut transversely. These fibers lie at equal distances apart, in a single layer, and in direct contact with the cuticle.

Writers who have given attention to the finer structure of trematodes (Braun, '93; Otto, '96; Stafi"ord, '96, to mention three at random) agree that there are three layers which compose the musculature of the bod,v wall, viz: circular, longitudinal and


oblique. I have recently made a re-examination of the sections on which my paper of 1904 was based to test the possibility of the coat being present in Cotylaspis; as a result I am entirely convinced that there is no outer longitudinal muscular layer. It thus seems safe to conclude that Clinostomum is pecuHar in the possession of this layer, though a similar may perhaps be found later in some other forms. My observations of the other coats also confirm those already reported by Looss. The fibers of the circular coat lie in several layers (fig. 7) ; they are very small, though larger than those of the outer layer, measuring 0.0012 mm. They do not fall into groups or bundles like those of the inner longitudinal layer. These fibers are seen in sections generally at various levels between the sub-cuticular excretory cavities, which thus seem to occupy an area produced by the expansion of that part of the body wall, in correlation with the presence of these cavities.

The inner longitudinal muscles lie much deeper than usual. Instead of lying quite near the cuticle as they do in many cases, and in close contact with the circular muscles, they are located here, as show^n in fig. 6, below the vessels of the excretory system at a distance of 0.04 mm. from the outer muscles. The inner muscles are thus seen to be pushed down to a considerable depth below the bottom of the cuticle near which they usually lie. This departure from the ordinary arrangement is clearly a structural adaptation correlated with the presence of the sub-cuticular vessels. We may further perhaps regard the presence of the outer longitudinal nmscles as a part of the same adaptation; they may have been developed thus near the surface to offset the disadvantage due to the increased distance of the inner longitudinal layer from the cuticle.

The inner longitudinal muscle fibers are very distinctly grouped into bundles alternating with intermediate areas from which they are absent. Fig. 7, mi, shows one of these bundles in cross section; it is made up of a cluster of fibers without other muscles in close proximity. The fibers of the inner longitudinal muscle differ in size, as can be seen in fig. 7; the largest ones are much larger than those of the circular muscle, measuring 0.004 in diam


eter. The oblique muscles running in the usual two directions are more deeply located.

Certain interesting points were noted in the cytology of the body wall muscles which will receive attention later in connection with those of the parenchyma.

Wall structure iri the oral field. The wall of the oral field presents a structure decidedly unlike that of the general surface of the body. Figs. 3 and 5 show the wall under low magnification. It is very much thinner, owing to the great reduction of all its components. The cuticle becomes so thin as to be barely recognizable. The spines, which are so general over the rest of the surface of the animal, are entirely wanting on the oral field with the exception of a small area immediately around the nlouth opening where spines of a much smaller size exist. Sub-cuticular cavities so conspicuous elsewhere are scarcely recognizable. They do not in any case take on the regular arrangement so usual elsewhere in the body wall, but are merely irregular cavities underlying the surface and communicating internally with the vessels of the excretory system. The musculature of the oral field does not agree with that of the rest of the body. The various layers are not continued from the wall into the field. Fibers can be found lying parallel with the surface but they cannot be connected with the fibers in the wall beyond. The longitudinal muscles of the parenchyma (p7nl in fig. 3) run on anteriorly until they meet the surface of the field to which they are then vertical. They are shown in fig. 5 at ml running directly to the wall, their position enabling them to act as retractors of the field as shown in the figure.

Glands (?) in the body wall. There are certain nucleated cells lying in the body wall, as shown in fig. 7 at gl, which seem to be probably of a glandular nature. They are very long and slender, consisting of a globular body, which lies on the level of the oblique wall muscles, and a tapering portion which can be traced outward to a termination on the inner surface of the cuticle. The outer end of the cell may branch so as to present in sections two terminations. No passage through the cuticle has been seen or any indications of secretions passing from these cells to or through it.


The globular body of the cell is eiith-e on its inner side; that is, there are no processes given off from it. The bodies of these cells contain a large clear nucleus. There is no cell wall. The cells stain readily with iron-haematoxylin. Their bodies which lie on nearly the same level constitute a faint zone parallel with the surface of the body.

The position and, to a certain extent the structure of these cells, remind one of the cells found by Blochmann ('96) in trematodes and cestodes in a similar situation. I have not had access to this paper of Blochmann, but several writers have reproduced his figures, among them Pratt ('09) who, in his recent paper on the cuticula, copies a figure from Blochmann of the wall of th'e cestode Ligula and designates ' sub-cuticular cells' certain cells which show great resemblance to those of Clinostomum to which I have just referred. There are some differences between the cells in Pratt's figure and those in fig. 7 of this article. In Ligula the cell body is sharply angulated on its inner side and produced into fine threads, which are lost in the deeper parenchyma. Externally also the cells soon taper to a very fine thread. In spite of these differences however it seems quite reasonable to regard these cells in their relations to the body structure as a ' whole as identical with the sub-cuticular cells of Clinostomum just described. Benham ('01) gives a diagram of the structure of the body wall of Ligula which has cells more like those seen in Clinostomum. It is held by some writers that these are epithehal cells which have sunken from a position originally on the surface. The Clinostomum sections do not supply any evidence in support of the view that these cells are epithelial in origin.


The interspaces among the organs within the body are permeated by the usual network of branching fibers emanating from large nucleated cells. In places where the parenchyma comes in contact with the surface of the walls of various organs such as the oesophagus (fig. 8) and the uterus, but not of all (not of the intestine, for example) its fibers become much more numerous


and deiisei-, so as to form a compact capsule for the support of the parts beneath.

There are certain cells loosely clustered together in a mass which lies in the parenchyma in the region directly anterior to the ventral sucker. They are shown in figs. 1, 3, 4 5 and 5. These cells are oval, and measure 0.03 by 0.015 mm. The nucleus, which lies near the margin of the cell, is clear and round and contains one or more nucleoli and a few minute grains of chromatin. These cells lie among those of the parenchyma but differ from them in appearance, having no processes and no connection with the fibers of the parenchyma. Each cell is sharply bounded. They also have no connection with the surface, no processes can be traced from them going off toward the surface and their long axes lie in all directions. If they communicated with the surface the cell bodies would point in that direction. There seems to be no doubt that they are purely internal in their physiological action. They are similar in cytological appearance in both bass and heron worms. The cells contain a clear homogeneous material which has a marked affinity for stains.

The physiological significance of this organ is entirely unknown. Looss recognized these cells in the immature worms from the fish cysts. He suggests ('85, p. 46 of separate) ^'vielleicht sind es die Anlagen von Driisen, die spater. . . erste ihre

Funktion antreten werden." But this suggestion cannot be accepted since the cells are identical in structure in the mature worms. MacCallum's suggestion ('99, p. 700) that they are parenchyma cells cannot be accepted, for they are not found outside of certain limits and parenchyma cells pervade all parts of the body. The great number of these cells leads one to believe that they are important. Their entire absence of connection with other organs implies an independent function. It seems therefore most likely that they are concerned in some way in internal secretion.

Parenchymal muscles. The muscles of the parenchj^'ma are very well developed in Clinostomum. The usual two sets are found, (fig. 3) namely, the longitudinal muscles and the dorsiventral ones. There are no horizontal muscles. As the longi


tudiiial muscles pass forward they ultimately meet the oral field almost vertically to its surface and attach there so that they thus become its retractors. Fig. 5 is a camera drawing from a specimen which died with the oral field retracted. In this section the longitudinal parenchyma muscles can be traced forward directly to the in-bent parts of the field. Observations of sagittal sections furnish evidence that, at least in many cases, a single muscle reaches across from the dorsal to the ventral surface, for nucleated myoblasts can be seen in connection with these muscles and these are grouped in the center of the body.

Some cytological features are well shown in the muscles of Clinostomum. Both the inner longitudinal wall muscles and the longitudinal parenchyma muscles frequently show transverse subdivisions into stained and unstained zones such as has been noted in other forms by various writers on trematode histology, but in no case with which I am familiar are they shown so distinctly as here. Nickerson ('95) states that in Stichocotyle the longitudinal muscles of the body wall appear to be tubular with nodes of deeply staining substance filling the lumen at intervals," and shows the appearance in fig. 16 of his paper. Stafford, too, in Aspidogaster ('96, fig. 26) noted the presence of 'transverse lineations' in the parenchyma muscles which he speaks of as 'contraction centers.' He does not note any in connection with the body wall muscles. Bugge ('02) in his paper on the excretory system in cestodes and trematodes incidentally mentions 'Querstreifung der Muskelfasern' which he observed in the circular and longitudinal muscles of redias and cercarias, "wie wir sie bei Arthropoden und andern Wirbellosen auflanden," and also quotes Cerfontaine, to whose article (in Bull. Acad. Sci. Belg., 27, no. 6) I have not had access, and Nickerson as having seen the same thing. In 1904 1 saw and recorded ('94, figs. 11 and- 12) a similar muscular structure in Cotylaspis, a form related to Stichocoytle and Aspidogaster.

Turning now to Clinostomum, figs. 9, 10 and 11 are from immersion objective camera drawings of longitudinal wall and parenchyma muscles. Figs. 9 and 11 are from the body wall and parenchyma muscles respectively from the same series. Both


were drawn with the same objective but 11 is made with a higher eyepiece. Such views are found generally in many different series so that we are justified in regarding them as a normal feature of the cytological structure of Clinostomum muscle. In fig. 1 1 it is clearly seen that the muscle is made up of several parallel-sided filaments of considerable length, composed of a substance which is not strongly influenced by haematoxylin and a second deeply staining substance. The swollen globular appearance of the latter leads us to believe that it is a peculiar ' contractile substance.' The fibers do not all present this appearance. One is represented in fig. 10 in which also the myoblast and nucleus are shown. The myoblast is large, measuring 0.014 mm. across, and the nucleus has a diameter of 0.005 mm. Fibers can be traced from such myoblasts. These appear differently from those in figs. 9 and 11, showing a dark contour on the wall and a clearer center. In cross sections the appearance is that of two substances, a clearer central and a darker surface material. These seem to be the 'hollow muscles' of writers. Fig. 10 shows the fibers, probably in an uncontracted state, while 9 and 11 are contracted fibers. A more adequate study of the cytology of this muscle is bej^ond the scope of this article.


Oral sucker. The mouth opening lies in the center of the oral field and leads into the cavity of the oral sucker. This sucker is nearly spherical and is very much smaller than the ventral sucker, measuring 0.28 mm. long and 0.25 mm. across. It has the usual cuticular lining and heavy muscular wall composed of fibers running in the various directions.

Oesophagus. The pharynx, which is generally present in trematodes and usually follows close after the oral sucker, is entirely wanting. There is a short tube immediately behind the oral sucker which, after running ventrally a short distance, makes a dorsal bend to meet a transverse portion of the intestine. This is the oesophagus. The structure of the two bends is somewhat different. The more anterior portion is very thin walled and is lined with a thin cuticle continuous with that of the oral sucker.


The posterior chamber is a globular dense body as seen in a wholemounted worm. The wall is thick and heavy, due not to the presence of a heavy muscular coat as it would be if the organ were a pharynx, but to the very peculiar structure of the cuticular coat. The cuticle here, which is continuous with the thin layer of the anterior chamber, suddenly changes its character and becomes a mass of tall slender processes springing vertically from the wall and projecting freely into the lumen of the organ. Their appearance is shown in fig. 12. They bear some resemblance to the tall processes of the epithelium of the intestine just above them, with which they are directly continuous. They have every appearance of having arisen from a cuticularized epithelium. In Cotylaspis (Osborn, '04) there are similar indications of an epithelial origin of the cuticle which lines the oesophagus.

The posterior chamber of the oesophagus has almost no muscular tissue in its wall. A very few circular and longitudinal fibers can be recognized, evidently strictly comparable with the muscles of the intestine. There is however a coating on the inner surface of the organ which is a condensation of the parenchyma at large. This has a fine but definite boundary next the parenchyma.

Oesophageal glands. Numerous cells lie in close proximity to the oesophagus {oegl in fig. 12) which are not ordinary parenchyma cells. Their massing too goes to show that they constitute a definite organ whose position requires us to regard it in its work as in some way a part of the oesophagus. The cells are not angular like those of the parenchyma but have rounded outlines. Each cell has a nucleus poor in chromatin and a distinct nucleolus. The sharp line in the figure passing on the left side of this group of cells marks the boundary of the denser parenchyma which ensheathes the oesophagus. It will be seen that the cells are located outside of this sheath and so are somewhat remote from the lumen of the oesophagus. An organ of this sort is usual in treniatodes; it is often called a 'salivary gland.' One writer however, (Otto, '96) questions the salivary function of the cells in the Amphistomes, since he does not find any connection between them and the lumen of the oesophagus. We shall however go on calling these organs 'oesophageal glands' though we have no definite


information as to their physiological significance. It is possible that they are merely mucin-forming organs and that they acquire a temporary connection with the oesophagus.

The intestine. The intestine consists of a part crossing the body transversely (fig. A: A) which, after bending, continues as the two long lateral caeca. The caeca lie in the center of each half of the bod}^ and extend (fig. 2) to the level of the excretory bladder. The walls of the caeca are not entire; blind pouches extend outward from them. These pouches are not as large and distinct in the material after fixation as they are in life. Fig. 13 a is a freehand drawing of the living organ in a specimen just liberated from a bass cyst. The pouches arise on both sides of the intestine; they are very numerous and close together and are not long and slender. The form of these pouches distinguishes C. marginatum from C. heterostomum. In the latter (Braun, '00, fig. 1) there are a few very long and slender diverticula which are confined to the outer side of the intestine. In the presence of these intestinal pouches Clinostomum resembles Fasciola hepatica and the planarians. Fig, 15 is a camera drawing of the wall of the intestine. The pouches are conspicuous in some places and absent in others. This corresponds with the facts seen in life ; in bass specimens the pouches are contractile and at moments are drawn back into the wall. The wall itself is contractile; in life its movements are very conspicuous. The lumen is filled with a fine grained material lemon yellow in color. This flows back and forward, streaming, the pouches empty themselves of it or fill with it and the contractions of the wall may obliterate the intestine entirely for a moment.

The structure of the intestine wall from a fully matured heron worm is shown in fig. 13. The epithelium presents two distinct zones, a deeper basal one and, arising from it, a second zone of separate columnar structures. The basal zone is a continuous protoplasmic layer, in which distinct nuclei occur at somewhat regular intervals, but without any walls dividing it into cells. This basal syncytium takes the stain readily. The processes of the outer zone show a relation to the nuclei below though they are not always strictly over them. In a section, (fig. 13 on the



left) this may be due to slight differences in level. It is planned to treat certain cj^tological points connected with this epithelium in a later paper so that for the present I will only state that these processes are apparently amoeboid and capable of being projected from the deeper body of the cell or retracted. They are clear and barely stained. They are filled with minute black pigment grains which have been traced to the decomposed blood corpuscles of the heron on which the worm had fed. MTiile the intestinal epithelium in some instances shows the appearances just described there are other cases in which its form is quite different as shown in fig. 14. Here it is a low, level surface consisting of a layer of protoplasm with imbedded nuclei. There are no division walls and the layer has the appearance of a syncytium. Cells of the type shown in fig. 15 are found in the intestine of worms from the bass. I have interpreted them as being in a resting or non-digestive state while those in fig. 13 are actively engaged in the work of digestion. In many trematode sections and figures with which I am familiar the cells of the epithelium are entirely distinct and independent to their very base. They do not show any fusion as if syncytial as is the case here. In connection with the structure of Cotylaspis ('04, fig. 19) I called attention to the entire independence of the cells of the intestinal epithelium. ' In Cryptogonimus, on the other hand, the cells of the epithelium of the intestinal caeca are fused into a syncytium.

The circular muscular coat is very scanty, its fibers lie close to the epithelium. The longitudinal coat is. also very feeble. Its fibers lie at a distance in the parenchyma.

The cavity of the intestine of the worms obtained from bass cysts is filled with thin, fiat, four-sided crystalline bodies. As soon as the worm has escaped from its cyst the strong peristaltic contractions already mentioned force this substance backward and forward. At frequent intervals portions of it are expelled from the body through the mouth. In worms obtained from the heron this material is not found in the cavities of the intestine. In such worms on the contrary the intestine has been found to contain a coagulated fluid substance with blood corpuscles scattered through it, which upon careful examination were found to be


identical with blood corpuscles taken from the heron. This substance is evidently food, but the content of the caeca of the bass worm cannot be so considered. Its prompt rejection from the body as soon as it is liberated from the cyst would be evidence sufficient to justify this conclusion. Its crystalline form and the fact that it is discharged as soon as the animal becomes free, point to the hypothesis that the cavities of the intestine are made use of for storage during encystment and that the substance therein is a waste product.


The excretory system of C. marginatum has never been described. The indications of it which are given in Looss ('85, fig. 22) are purely diagranmiatic and somewhat misleading. The system, moreover, presents some features which are very unusual, so that the whole subject needs a careful revision.

The location of the excretory pore has already been noted. It opens from a very short duct (fig. 15) which is in communication with the v-shaped bladder. Internally the two branches of the bladder receive the termination of the collecting tube in the center of a flattened area. At the excretory pore there is an invagination of the cuticle which covers the outer surface of the body. As this passes more deeply it gradually changes into a cubical epithelium composed of nucleated cells identical in structure with those which make the wall of the collecting vessel. At intermediate points epithelial cells of the bladder show all stages of degeneration in structure and pass insensibly into cuticle. There is no muscular tissue in the walls of the bladder. Living specimens were observed particularly with reference to contractions in the bladder as I had found this organ in Cotylaspis interesting in this respect ('94, p. 216) but the walls were not contractile. In correlation with this is the absence of a sphincter at the surface pore (one is present in this place in Cotylaspis) and the presence of a sphincter at the junction of the collecting vessel and the bladder. We may conclude from the position of the sphincter and the non-contractiUty of the bladder that the latter in Clinostomum is


merely a passage and not a place of storage and that the collecting vessel is the functional bladder.

The collecting vessels are very large in the posterior region of the body, but anteriorly their identity is lost. It is usual in trematodes for a collecting vessel to run from the terminal bladders forward to a point near the anterior end of the body and then to bend suddenly on itself and run backward again. The second vessel, called the recurrent vessel, is supplied with a strong vibratile apparatus, while the collecting vessel lacks these. In Chnostomum the collecting vessel is readily traced forward as far as the ventral sucker. In fig. 2 it is shown on the right side omitted on the left, in fig. 3 it is shown as far forward as the genital organs and then omitted, in fig. 4 it is shown in sections B-G. It disappears a short distance in front of section number 150. The level of the vessel is seen from the cross-sections. It always lies externally to the caeca and generally slightly ventrally. Its diameter is quite variable as in fig. 15, a camera drawing of a section passing in its plane for a long distance. The wall is epithehal and muscular.

I am not able to give a definite account of the relation between the collecting vessel and the recurrent vessel. I have devoted much time to the study of this in different ways without being able to follow the collecting vessel forward to where it meets the recurrent vessel. The body is too thick anteriorly to allow this point to be seen in an entire compressed specimen. I have repeatedly examined the youngest individuals I could find but without success. The network of anastomosing vessels (described in a moment) are so complicated in the anterior of the body that it is impossible to recognize the collecting vessel if, indeed, it has remained distinct from them. It is, of course, possible that the collecting vessel does not remain distinct but is lost in the network of vessels.

Allusion was made above to the system of cavities which lie in

the body wall immediately under the cuticle. In Hving worms

just removed from bass cysts these cavities are filled with a

cream-colored fluid composed of minute highly refractive drop ets which has the effect of an injection, making it very easy



to distinguish the different vessels and their connections. In such a preparation the collecting vessel as well as the smaller vessels which are derived from it are readily seen. The appearance of this system of vessels is shown in a free hand drawing (text fig. 1, for which I am indebted to Mr. Fans Silvermale) made from an unusually young live bass worm under slight compression. The collecting vessel can be followed, its size diminishing as it advances until it is lost in the network of its subdivisions. The network shows a predominance of transverse vessels, though

Fig. 1 Free hand drawing from a young, living, slightly compressed bass worm. Zeiss 2 A.

with many communicating vessels connecting them, and some which cross over to the other side of the body and become continuous with those of that side. In this preparation the recurrent vessel could not be seen, but as I shall point out later it seems most likely that it is present and joins the collecting vessel in this part of the animal.

In the posterior part of the bodj^ these vessels may be somewhat more definitely subdivided into two sorts according to their destination, a superficial system which runs to the surface and becomes the subcuticular vessels and a deep system which passes


inwardly aiiioiio- the inner organs. The origins of l)oth kinds can be seen in fig. 15; they arise at close intervals from the collecting vessel on both sides. Some of the vessels of the superficial system run directly to the surface (one of these is shown in fig. 4 G) where they become circular vessels immediately under the cuticle. Since these tubes encircle the body they are readily seen in sections passing tangentially in the plane of the surface. The tubes frequently anastomose and all communicate directly with the collecting vessel. They are cut across in longitudinal sections and produce the appearance seen in figs. 3 and 5.

Looss ('85, p. 49) expressed a suspicion that these subcuticular vessels communicate directly with the exterior: so halte ich es doch ftir hochst wahrscheinlich, dass^ — der Excretionsporus nicht die einzige Stelle ist von welcher dieses Maschenwerk von Kanalen mit der Aussenwelt in Verbindung tritt und zwar sind es die subcuticularen Maschen des Gefassnetzes welche diese Kommunikationen vermitteln." And later he says "Ich halte es nun nicht fiir unmoglich dass sie (i.e., subcuticular vessels) auch nach aussen miinden," etc. But he closes his account with an admission to the effect that he has not succeeded in demonstrating the presence of openings from them to the exterior. The observations of the movements of the fluids in these passages described above render it very certain that outlets from them directly to the exterior do not exist; were such outlets present we should undoubtedly have seen stuff from within issuing through them.

Turning now from these superficial vessels to the deep ones we find that they pass inward, permeating the parenchyma everywhere. The vessels of one side tend to remain entirely confinrd to that side, they anastomose with one another but do not often become continuous with those of the opposite half of the body.

Allusion has been made to the flow of the contents of the excretory vessels in life. Pulsations were seen in bass specimens in the wall of the collecting vessel, forcing a stream out into the dependent vessels. Later these streams reversed their direction and the droplets course back again into the larger vessel. As already noted there is no escape distally; the movement is an ebb and flow.


An observation made recently upon a worm from a frog cyst seemed to be inconsistent with a circulatory movement of the droplets as just described. The cyst attracted my attention because of its small size, it being globular, compact and only 1.3 mm. in diameter, quite unlike frog cysts and much like those found in the bass. When the worm had been liberated and arranged in a compressor for observation it was seen that the vessels of the anterior region were filled with highly refractive droplets. These droplets were not in a state of flux but were stationary. The pulsations mentioned above and the flow of droplets were seen in bass specimens in the posterior region. In the frog worm the vessels of the posterior region were empty. It is possible that this worm was a very recent arrival in the frog and that the movements of the droplets had not yet begun to take place.

A system of branches derived from the collecting vessel and permeating the body in this way is very unusual in trematodes. The usual structure is a network of minor vessels uniting to form larger vessels which finally merge into a single collecting vessel. In three widely separated forms however we find an arrangement somewhat similar to that of Clinostomum. In a young stage of D. echinatum Looss ('04, fig. 192) figures a collecting vessel much resembling that of Clinostomum, especially in the anterior body region where side branches are given off, the main vessel meanwhile continuing until it meets the ciliated recurrent vessel at the extreme anterior end of the body. A comparison of Looss' fig. 192 with that of the younger stage shown in 191 indicates that the branching is a late feature in the life history, a fact of interest since it is uncommon in trematodes at large. In adults of D. echinatum (Looss, '94, fig. 114) these vessels are very much branched but the branches do not assume the form of a sub-cutaneous system like the one so well developed in Clinostomum. In Cephalogonimus also the excretory collecting vessel is branched. This point was first noticed by Poirier ('85, fig. copied by Braun, '93, pi. 20, fig. 9) who says Ces canaux lateraux comme le canal impar median, emittant sur tout leur parcours des branches ramifies se dirigeant vers le bords lateraux du corps. Ces ramifications s'entendent en avant, jusque un peu au-dela du point de bifurcation de I'oesoph


age." Ill his illustration, as well as in this description, there is no recognition of subcuticular vessels like those of Clinostomum. In a study of the parasites infesting the frogs of Minnesota I have happened to find specimens of this genus. The study of living and sectioned material of this form demonstrates that, while there is an extensive system of vessels derived by branching from the collecting vessels and one which bears considerable resemblance to that found in Clinostomum, encircling subcuticular vessels are not developed.

A third form with somewhat similar branching excretory vessels was encountered at Chautauqua, New York. In the livers of sun-fishes certain cysts were found which contained immature flukes belonging to the holostomes. These forms are peculiar in having a broad thin anterior body region bearing a resemblance to the foot of a gasteropod mollusc and posteriorly a globular mass carried vertically over it. The excretory pore is located at the summit of the latter. In the thin anterior part there are a median and two lateral longitudinal vessels, extending from which are branching vessels extending everywhere in the foot, anastomosing and forming a complete network. All of the vessels of this system contained minute highly refractive droplets, similar in appearance to those found in the excretory cavities of Clinostoma which had been recently liberated from bass cysts. In the living worms masses composed of these droplets were discharged from time to time from a point located at the posterior end of the body, the excretory pore, thus indicating that the passages are members of the excretory system. In life the droplets were in constant motion in the vessels, coursing rapidly in all directions as they had been seen doing in Clinostomum.

This observation, taken in connection with the presence of such droplets in. the encysted specimens of Clinostomum and their absence in the heron specimens of Clinostomum and the free living Cephalogonimus, constitutes an argument in favor of the supposition that the droplets are composed of chemical wastes. In an encysted organism these must be disposed of in a way that will prevent their damaging the animal, accordingly they cannot be discharged from the body in the ordinary manner but must be


stored during the period of encystment. It is thus reasonable to look upon the extensive equipment of spaces possessed by the excretory collecting vessel as a storage apparatus. In favor of this interpretation is the further fact that in both Clinostomum and the holostome just mentioned the contents of these cavities begin to be discharged as soon as the worm has escaped from its cyst. I think that the substances contained in the intestinal caeca may also prove to be waste matters and that these cavities are also being employed for storage.

The recurrent excretory vessel. Reference has already been made to a vessel which parallels the collecting vessel. It is readily seen in the parts of the body behind the ventral sucker; anteriorly it is lost in the maze of vessels which are derived from the collecting vessel. Posteriorly (fig. 16) it bends sharply forward, as the vessel into which the capillaries drain. This, which I have called the recurrent vessel, is spirally coiled in all sections and even shows this state in living animals. It is located externally and somewhat dorsally to the collecting vessel, but is much smaller, having a diameter of only 0.02 mm. The wall is composed of a very thin membrane. The tube is uniform in diameter in all parts; unlike the collecting vessel the wall possesses no contractility, there being no muscular tissue present. The wall of this vessel is supplied at close intervals with peculiar ciliary organs. In life these vibrate at a very rapid rate so that they become visible only after their vitality has become lowered. Then it is seen that the organ is attached posteriorly in the wall of the vessel, the rest being free and pointing anteriorly so that its vibration produces a current running forward in the tube. These organs are located in the recurrent vessel at close intervals. Bugge ('02, fig. 62) finds that in certain cercarias occurring in certain helices the chief canals are supplied with 'Wimperschopfen' which correspond with the organs just mentioned and in addition that there is a lining of ordinary cilia clothing the rest of the inner surface of the wall. There are no similar ordinary cilia in these vessels of Clinostomum. The ciliary organs are many times longer than the diameter of the vessel in whose lumen they lie. In life I am unable to recognize individual cilia in them but in sec


tions after the application of iroii-haematoxylin, cilia are clearly seen as sharp black wiry looking lines.

In view of the fact that these ciliary organs produce strong current which flows forward, we are compelled to suppose that the recurrent vessel discharges directly into the collecting vessel, although as already noted it has not been possible to recognize the connection.

Flame-cells and capillaries. The ultimate members of the excretory apparatus of Clinostomum are very imperfectly known as yet. Much attention and time have been dedicated to the effort to trace these parts in the living animal with very inadequate reward. Some glimpses of them have been obtained however both in life and in sectioned material. Flame-cells have been seen; they are very tall and slender with a narrow base where the elongate and narrow mass of cilia are attached. A detailed account, with illustration of these flame-cells together with some other finer points, must be reserved for a later article.

It has not been possible to determine the mode of arrangement of the capillaries and connecting vessels. In some places the capillaries have been recognized. They ran in a posterior direction. Vibrating ciliary organs could be seen within them. It was not possible in any case to trace these vessels to a point of connection with the recurrent vessel and I feel very strongly convinced that the recurrent vessel does not receive any branches.


There is considerable difference in the plan of anatomical organization of the excretory systems of different trematodes. In all there is a system of flame-cells and their capillaries and one, or occasionally two (e.g., Aspidogaster), posteriorly located excretory pores. But there is great difference as to the vessels lying between the external pore and the capillaries. All degrees of distance between the terminal bladder and the capillaries can be found. In Opisthoglyphe endolobum (Looss, '94, fig. 157) a large forked chamber, confined to the posterior third of the body, receives directly a vessel formed by the junction of the capil


laries. In Allocreadium isoporum (Looss, '94, fig. 15) a collecting vessel can be recognized which reaches the first body third and there receives the capillary vessels. In Gorgodera cygnoides (Looss, '94, fig. 125) a collecting vessel runs the whole length of the body and at its anterior end meets a vessel which runs backward a short distance before the connecting vessel from the capillaries meets it. This might be considered as a short recurrent vessel. ' In Distomum echinatum (Looss, '94, fig. 191) a fully developed collecting vessel meets a still longer recurrent vessel. In Harmostomum leptostomum (Looss, '94, fig. 113) the collecting vessel is fully developed and the recurrent vessel runs nearly to the posterior end before the two vessels enter it from the capillaries. Finally in Cotylaspis (Osborn, '04, fig. 26) the recurrent vessel as well as the collecting vessel, is fully developed, the capillaries discharging into a canal which is a forward bend of the recurrent vessel. We see from this brief survey of these different forms that, with the gradual development of both collecting and recurrent vessels, an increasing interval is interposed between the capillaries and the exterior. The structure of these two vessels is entirely different, one being entirely destitute of ciliary apparatus and furnished with muscular tissue, the other being ciliated and devoid of muscle. Clinostomum has its place among the forms with complete collecting and recurrent vessels, and in addition possesses the remarkable system of branches derived from the collecting vessel.

It would be possible to find a series of forms showing reciprocal developments of excretory collecting vessel and bladder. Thus in Stichocotyle there is no bladder and the collecting vessels are very large; in the closely related Cotylaspis the collecting vessels are narrow tubes and there are two well developed excretory bladders which are rhythmically pulsatile.

While noting that the parts of the excretory system thus exhibit a series of degrees in the development of complexity of organization we must not forget that this series is found not in a group of genetically related animals but among forms which are widely separated in the system. On the other hand when we examine forms which are closely related we find great differences. Thus


in the three genera of the Aspidobothridae we find in Stichocotyle (Nickerson, '95, fig. 23) no recurrent vessel, a ver}^ voluminous collecting vessel and no bladder; in Aspidogaster (Stafford, '96, fig. 15) a partly developed recurrent vessel, moderate collecting vessel, no bladder and two excretory pores; in Cotylaspis (Osborn, '94, figs. 5 and 26) a fully developed recurrent vessel, a small collecting vessel and two well developed bladders. So that it is impossible to attach any phylogenetic value to differences shown in the organization of the excretory system.


My observations are in substantial accord with those of Looss and MacCallum with regard to the chief facts in the anatomy of this system. Figs. 1, 2 and 3 show the parts in situ as they appear in various sectional planes. Fig. 17 is an outline of the organs based largely on a study of the total preparation from which fig. 1 was drawn. The two testes lie in the last body third; ovary, shell-gland and ootype, oviduct, Laurer's canal and yolk receptacle are all compactly grouped in the space between the testes. There is a peculiar uterine sack in the course of the uterus, the yolk follicles are small and very diffuse. Since no detailed account of the members of this system has ever been given I will give here a brief description of it.

Genital pore. The genital pore lies in the mid-ventral line (fig. 4 E). Its distance from the anterior end has been considered already in this article. There is an atrial cavity below the surface from which a single pore opens to the exterior. The relation of these parts is shown in figs. 3 and 4 E.

Cirrus sack. MacCallum's figure shows the cirrus sack and its contents very adequately. The sack occupies a position on the right side of the animal in front of the anterior testis. At its posterior border it receives the two vasa deferentia. The wall of the sack is supplied with muscles whose powerful fibers lie so as to form a circular and longitudinal coat. The sack contains a tube of varied diameter, coiled so as to accommodate its length to that of the sack. Posteriorly the tube expands to a larger, thinwalled, non-muscular seminal vesicle filled with spermatozoa.


Continuing it anteriorly is a smaller portion whose wall is supplied with a very strong coat of circular muscles. It is followed by a less muscular portion at the outer end of the sack. This portion is surrounded by what are apparently to be regarded as prostate cells. This part is not as strongly muscular as the middle region of the tube. Following the usual nomenclature I have designated the middle and outer parts respectively as prostate portion and ductus ejaculatorius. It seems however that the more glandular part and the more muscular parts are out of the usual order. Thus in D. isoporum (Looss, '94, fig. 104), the outer part is strongly muscular, and coiled and between it and the seminal vesicle there is a small chamber with which the large prostate cells communicate.

Testes. The testes are somewhat pyramidal in shape, their bases slightly concaved and facing each other. In some cases the remaining surfaces are more or less deeply indented, in many others they are entire. A sharp line bounds the testes. The vasa deferentia have a wall of epithelium with flattened nuclei. This epithelium can be recognized in the wall of the testis where it connects with the vas deferens but no epithelium can be seen in the wall of the organ elsewhere. Apparently trematodes differ on this point. In Cotylaspis (Osborn, '94, fig. 88) the wall of the organ is- distinctly epithelial. Schwartz ('85) found nuclei in the wall of the testis of certain early stages of trematodes while Ziegler ('83) claimed that the wall is non-cellular in Bucephalus and Gasterostomum.

The testes are filled with cells which, in some bass worms, are almost completely filled by the very large nucleus, poor in chromatin, and with a very large, readily staining nucleolus which indicate the inactive stage preceding spermatogenesis; in other bass specimens with cells showing various phases of spermatogenesis. In the heron worms the testes contain fully developed spermatozoa scattered among the active cells.

Ovary. The size and form of the ovary as shown in fig. 26 of Looss' paper ('85) is unlike anything which I have found in my material, in which it is oval, entire and measures 0.4 mm. by 0.2 mm. In MacCallum's figure it is also small and entire. It is


bounded by a thin non-cellular membrane, which encloses cells, some of which, near the opening to the oviduct, are much larger than the rest and are about to descend to the ootype.

Oviduct and uterus. The oviduct passes inwardly from the ovary and crosses to the opposite side of the body. Its wall is composed of cubical epithelium and circular muscle fibers. At a point near the ovary there is a small sack, the spermatic receptacle, opening from the oviduct, this narrows dorsally to a tube — Laurer's canal — runs to the dorsal surface of the body (fig. 4 G) , and opens to the exterior. The epithelium of the oviducal wall is replaced by cuticle in Laurer's canal, which becomes continuous with that of the general surface of the body. The oviduct, at a point a little farther to the left, meets the duct coming from the yolk receptacle. There is no marked change in the diameter of the oviduct at this point but it is surrounded by glandular cells and doubtless serves as the ootype. The duct from this point continues as the uterus, at first without change in diameter or direction, next with several loops it recrosses toward the ovary, then abru]:)tly bends again and runs a straight course, passes externally to the anterior testis on its left side and runs forward to enter a large sack which we may call the uterine sack. The relation of the uterus to this sack is shown in fig. 3; it passes on its dorsal wall for a distance and opens into it at about the center of its dorsal surface.

Uterine sack. The uterine sack is a large cavity capable of considerable distension; in the case of mature worms it is filled with eggs, as in fig. 1 ; in bass worms (fig. 2) the cavity is merely a narrow slit. The form of the cavity in transverse section is shown in fig. 4 D. It extends posteriorly to a point near the anterior border of the anterior testis ; anteriorly it does not reach the ventral sucker. The outlet from the sack is located at its posterior end. The histological structure of the wall of the sack is quite unlike that of the uterus. In the latter there is a nucleated epithelium and a coat of muscle fibers. In the sack the cavity is lined with cuticle and there is a muscular coat consisting of circular and longitudinal fibers. In addition to these there is a condensation of the parenchyma immediately surrounding the uterus. The nuclei of these parenchyma cells lie in definite


lines parallel with the surface from which the fibers of the parenchyma radiate. A sharp line bounds this mass of specialized parenchyma which thus constitutes a capsule enclosing the uterine sack. The fact that the uterus enters ,the sack in the center of its dorsal surface and not at the anterior end prevents us from regarding the sack as merely a dilatation of the uterus. We must however think of it as having arisen as a differentiation which has taken place in a loop of the uterus. In most of the species of this genus (Braun, '00) there is a similar blind sack into which the uterus enters and which extends blindly in front of the end of the uterus. In one species however, (C. heterostomum, Braun, '00, fig. 1), the uterus passes forward to the posterior border of the ventral sucker where it bends and runs straight back again to end at the female genital opening. This is doubtless the more primitive anatomical arrangement, and the one from which the sack form has been developed. We note also in passing that this species is more primitive, too, in possessing well developed diverticula of the intestinal caeca.

The form of the uterine sack in the D. reticulatum of Looss, as described and figured in his paper ('85), is decidedly different from that which I have just described. The sack in that species is elongated posteriorly to reach a point posterior to the posterior testis (fig. 22) . In fig. 26 we learn that the part of the sack which leads to the exterior is a lateral offset from the main sack. This posterior portion of the sack of Looss is wholly wanting in my material. Cross sections (e.g., fig. 4 F) show that the sack does not extend into the testis region of the body. This is an interesting point. It does not seem possible to doubt the fact as related by Looss for his form. In every other respect the form D. reticulatum bears the closest resemblance in organization to C. marginatum, and writers from Leuckart down have considered them identical. Thus Leuckart ('89, p. 401) says D. reticulatum" Mit Leidy's Clinostomum gracile zusammenfallt." Stiles and Hassall ('98) say "Looss described as Distomum reticulatum a form which is evidently identical with Leidy's Clinostomum as Leuckart has already surmised," etc. And MacCallum ('99, p. 705). The description given by Looss of D. reticulatum

. . . applies so exactly in every particular to the forms we


have just considered [C. marginatum] that I have not the least hesitation in concluding that the}^ are the same." The form of the uterine sack however is very different in D. reticulum from that of C. marginatum or of any other member of the genus. According to fig. 26 of Looss' article ('85) the sack is extended posteriorly dorsally to the testes until it reaches a point posterior to the posterior testis. This posterior development of the sack is a feature not found in any of the species of this genus so far as I am aware. In the several species included by Braun ('00) in his article on the group, the sack ends in advance of the genital pore. If Looss was not in error in regard to the form of the sack (and this seems very improbable) then we must recognize that D. reticulatum differs decidedly in this respect from the rest of the genus. However in any case we should not attach very much importance to differences in the shape of an organ like the uterus or its parts.

Meiraterm. There is a short slender tube running from the sack to the atrium (figs. 3 and 4 E) which, following the nomenclature suggested by Ward ('94), may be called the metraterm.

Vitellaria. The vitellaria are shown in fig. 1. They are diffusely scattered in all parts of the region behind the ventral sucker. As shown by transverse sections they lie in a thin zone, concentric with the surface and next to the outer wall of the body. They are entirely absent from the anterior part of the body. The vitellaria are made up of ultimate follicles, all of them very small and numerous measuring 0.07 mm. These are bounded by a distinct membrane which encloses a few yolk cells which measure 0.0125 mm. in diameter. Usually the vitellaria cannot be seen in total preparations made from bass worms, but sections of similar iminature individuals show the follicles with their thin wall enclosed cells whose structure is then identical in appearance with that of the immature germinal cells of the testes and ovary. In sections from mature worms the follicles contain similar immature cells and also fully formed yolk cells with large nucleus and nucleolus and a cytoplasm containing granules, some of them measuring 0.001 mm. in diameter. These are food granules; in producing them the follicle cells differ from ovarian cells with which they are very likely homologous.


The yolk receptacle lies near the ovary and its duct reaches the oviduct as already noted. The shell gland surrounds the ootype at this point. Its cells radiate from the ootype and their long tapering portions seem to communicate with its cavity, though it is not possible to recognize absolutely the manner of connection.

The egg. The eggs measure 0.099 mm. by 0.66 mm. There is a distinct operculum very near the end of the shell. The shell in some cases is deeply stained by the haematoxylin and looks as if composed of the same substance as the spines. In other cases the shell is not influenced by the stain. The shells contain as usual a fertilized cell derived from the ovary and several cells derived from the vitellaria. The eggs, both those of the uterus and the older ones of the uterine sack are practically undeveloped. In some cases the true egg cells may undergo one or more of the early stages of cleavage but in the vast majority of eggs no development takes place during the time that they are lodged within the body of the parent. In view of this we must recognize the sack as merely a place for the storage of eggs. The reason for this storage remains for the present unknown.


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as, cirrus sack

cii, cuticle

dej, ejaculatory duct

c/>o, outer part of epithelium of intestine

epi, inner portion of the same

exbl, excretory bladder

excv, collecting vessel of excretory system

expo, excretory pore

exrv, recurrent vessel of excretory system

gl. glands communicating with tlie surface

gpo, genital opening

////, intestine

Ic, canal of Laurer

7«r. circular muscle of body wall

/)ii, inner longitudinal muscle of bodywall

mo, outer longitudinal of the same

mob. oblique nuiscles of body wall

III pi. longitudinal muscles of the parenchyma

mpt, transverse muscle of the ])arcnchvma

ml, metraterm nv, nerve collar nvs, sensory nerve endings oegl, oesophageal glands oes, oesophagus OS, oral sucker otp, ootype or, ovary

pgl, parenchyma glands pi. parenchyma sheath of wall of intestine l>ii. i)arenchyma cell nucleus prf. prostate part of cirrus organ ps, parenchyma sheath of oesophagus .^pn, spines of body wall In, anterior testis. //;, posterior testis " '//. uterus ulsk, uterine sack vs, ventral sucker vs?n, seminal vesicle vd, vas deferens I'l, vitellaria vld, duct from vitellaria lir, yolk receptacle



All the figures (except 10, 13 a, and 16) were drawn with the Abbe camera lucida. Most of them have been reduced one-third in reproduction; the magnifications are after this reduction.

1 View from the ventral surface C. marginatum, from a specimen from the throat of Ardea herodias, fixed under compression in aqueous corrosive sublimate, borax-carmine. X 12.

2 A partly schematic view from the dorsal side, combining facts from several sections from a frontal series. From a bass worm. The vitellaria are not yet developed, the uterine sack is not dilated, the excretory collecting vessel is omitted from the right side and the recurrent vessel from the left, parts on different levels are shown on the same level. X 27.







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3 View combined from sections of a sagittal series, showing together organs wliich are on different levels, mouth, ventral sucker, genital organs and excretory pore are median while the intestine and the collecting and recurrent excretory vessels are lateral. X 27.

4 Sections from a transverse series. The numbers show the number of the section in the series; ^4 is in the level of the oesophagus; B, in front of the ventral sucker; C, at the ventral sucker; D, at the uterine sack; E, at the genital pore; F, at the anterior testis; G, at the canal of Laurer. From heron, corrosive and acetic, iron-haematoxylin. X 27.

5 The center section of a sagittal series, from a worm which died with the oral fiehi inverted. Heron, after chromic acid fixation and iron-haematoxylin. X 40.





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G A longitudinal section of the body wall of the dorsal surface, showing the position of the various excretory vessels with reference to the muscular layers. Heron, corrosive, iron-haematoxylin. X 240.

7 Bod}^ wall from a transverse section near the center of the ventral surface, showing the uni-cellular glands (?); chromic acid, iron-haematoxylin. X 1100.

8 Two sense organs of the cuticle from the dorsal anterior region of the body. X 1100.

9 Part of one of the fibers of the inner longitudinal muscle of the body wall, showing the alternation of stained and unstained substance. Heron, corrosive, iron-haematoxylin. X 560.

10 Myoblast and its nucleus and adjoining muscle fibers of one of the longitudinal parenchyma muscles. Heron, chromic, iron-haematoxylin. X 1100.

11 Part of one of the parenchyma muscles from the same series as fig. 9. X 1100.

12 From a section passing vertically to the posterior region of the oesophagus. Heron, chromic. X 560.

13 Section from a fully matured worm vertical to the wall of the intestine, showing the pseudopodial inner borders of the epithelium; the darker shading of the deeper ends of the cells indicates the distinction between the stained and little stained parts of the cell, corrosive, iron-haematoxylin. X 1100.

13 a Free hand drawing from a living worm from bass, showing the lateral pouches of the intestinal caeca.

14 The epithelium of the intestine from an immature worm showing resting stage of the tissue. Corrosive, iron-haematoxylin. X 1100.

15 Reconstruction from several adjoining sections of a frontal series, showing the relation of the collecting to the subcuticular cavities and to the bladder, also the recurrent vessel and the intestine. X 36.

16 Free hand drawing from the posterior ends of the chief excretory vessels as seen in a living worm from the bass under slight compression. X Zeiss oc. 2, ob. A.

17 Reproductive system as seen from the ventral surface, from total preparations. The vitellaria have been omitk'il.








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B. F. KINGSBURY and PAULINE E. HIRSH From the Histological Laboratory, Cornell University


In 1902 there was published a part of the results of a study of the spermatogenesis in Desmognathus fusca in which the occurrence of degenerations^ in the secondary spermatogonia was mentioned. A fire had destroyed the larger portion of the preparations and photographs covering this portion of the spermatogenetic cycle, and no effort was then made to complete the investigation by a detailed study of the spermatogonia.

Of the degenerations that occurred two were particularly attractive — the regressive changes in the spent lobule and the degenerations in the last generation of spermatogonia, after the cessation of the season's transformation into spermatocytes. These degenerations are described as occurring in spermatogonia of the last generation, although they might quite as well, perhaps, as will appear subsequently, be given as involving spermatocytes at the very beginning of their growth period.

The occurrence of degenerations in the amphibian spermatogenesis has been known since the pioneer work of Flemming ('87) on the spermatogenesis of Salamandra. He described (p. 447) the vacuolation and fragmentation of the nucleus and the dissolution of the cell, constituting a form of degeneration already described by him ('85). He says:

Irgend eine Beziehung zur Spermatogenese kann diese Erscheinung keinesfalls haben, da sie zu einer viel friiheren Zeit auftritt, als jene; in den Praparaten von Hoden mit Spermatogenese, welche ich bisher studiert habe, waren derartige Bilder nicht vorhanden, ich will jedoch


i Kingsbury, '02, p. 108, p. 111.



uicht behaupten, class sie nicht auch slei<^hzcitig mit cler Samenfadenbildung noch vorkommen konntcn. Nach dcm ganzen Habitus aber handelt es sich offenbar urn Processe der Degeneration und des Untergangs von Kernen und Zellen, die aus einstweilen unbekannten Ursachen zur Zeit der Epithelwucherung in manchen Cysten eintreten, und die, wenn auch in der Form nicht ganz gleichartig, am nachsten vergleichbar erscheinen mit der chroniatohjtischen Entartung der Kerne im ovarialen Follikelepithel, die ich kiirzUch an andorem Orte beschrieben habe (Flemming, '85).

A definite localization in 'the spermatogenetic cycle was thus not given, though it was recognized that it occurred much earlier than the period of 'spermatogenesis' at the time of cell proliferation. The cause was neither ascertained nor suggested.

Hermann ('81), in the same material of investigation, devoted (p. 99) more attention to these degenerations, describing the changes in the chromatin and achromatic substance in the nucleus, their altered staining reactions (as was subsequently done b}^ Heidenhain and others). He noted the common occurrence of the degeneration in a certain kind of cell (his 'spermatocytes'), the degeneration of entire lobules and the freedom from degeneration of the follicle cells. He regarded the degeneration as normal and, in connection with the question of its significance, he commented on the extravagance in the outlay of germ cells, calling in as illustration the atresia folliculi.

Driiner ('93) devoted an article of several pages to the attempt to show that the degenerations in the testis of Salamandra described by Flemming and Hermann, were due to a parasite (protozoan, coccidian) whose spores entered the nucleus. His view will be commented on subsequently. Later workers on amphibian spermatogenesis (Meves, McGregor, Montgomery, and others) have not, so far as we are aware, noted the occurrence of such degenerations as have been described in Salamandra.

Whatever may be the condition in other salamanders, aside from the European form in which these degenerations have been recorded as given above, in Desmognathus studied by us they are of constant occurrence. The material collected and studied covers a period of ten or twelve years and is from localities in the vicinity of Ithaca one to two miles apart. The occurrence of the degenerations becomes striking when it is recognized that they


occupy ill this form a distinct place in the spermatogenetic cycle. Their occurrence, in fact, is so closely associated with the annual spermatogenetic cycle and with the 'polarity' of the testis in Desmognathus that a brief description may be introduced, even at the expense of essential repetition of descriptions which have been previously published (Kingsbury, '02).

The spermatogenetic cycle in Desmognathus may be said to begin in the fall or late summer, after the extrusion from the testis of the spermatozoa formed during that season. During the fall and winter months there is a multiplication of the spermatogonia and a tardy growth of the spermatocytes I, which in midwinter seems practically suspended. Some spermatocytes undergo division but the maturation divisions appear to be often abnormal and the resulting cells to degenerate. In the spring the multiplication of the spermatogonia and the growth of the spermatocytes begins actively, characterizing particularly the months of March, April and May, while divisions of the spermatocytes occur in May, June and July. The transformation of the spermatids into spermatozoa preponderates in August and September.

In the late spring or early summer, transformation of the ' last generation' of spermatogonia stops, no more spermatocytes beginning their period of growth, until fall, and it is after this time, when the growth of new spermatocytes has ceased, that the degenerations in question occur. The cells undergoing degeneration have been spoken of as secondary spermatogonia of the last generation although, since they come intermediate between the spermatocytes I and the secondary spermatogonia, they might, perhaps, be equally as well designated as young spermatocytes I.

The following out of the sequence of stages in the spermatogenesis of Desmognathus is facilitated by the marked polarity of the organ in this form. This polarity seems to be rather characteristic of many at least of the tailed amphibia (Meves, McGregor, Kingsbury, etc.) and particularly perhaps of the smaller or more elongated ones. The changes of spermatogenesis proceed as a ' wave' in a cephalo-caudal direction so that at the proper season



of the year, mature or maturing spermatozoa fill the lobules at the cephalic end while primary spermatogonia occupy the caudal filament of the gland, successive stages occupying in orderly sequence the intervening groups of lobules. Compare Kingsburj^ ('()2), text figure A.

In Desmognathus, in the spring and in some cases in early summer, the transition from spermatogonia to mature spermatocytes I, as shown in longitudinal section of the organ, is gradual, but as the season advances a 'boundary plane' between those destined to furnish spermatozoa that season and those that will hold over becomes more and more evident. The 'spermatogenetic wave' has stopped short at a particular point; the progressive changes of spermatogenesis continue in one portion and lag or are lacking in the other portion; and it is in those lobules just behind (caudad of) this boundary that the degenerations are constantly found.

How striking this boundary between the two regions becomes may be seen by comparing figures 1, 2, 6 and 3 which reproduce longitudinal sections of the testis- of Desmognathus from the months of May, June, August and September respectively, the transverse lines drawn upon the photograph indicating the plane of boundary which in figure 1 is not yet established as such. Figures 4, 7, and 5 give enlarged views of the region of the boundary and in them the cysts and lobules filled with degenerating cells are seen. Figure 7 is from a section neighboring that shown in figure 4 which is an enlargement from figure 2, while figure 5 is an enlargement from the section of figure 3. As is well recognized in urodele spermatogenesis, the cells contained in and composing a cyst are in the same or closely contiguous stages of development, and while in some instances, cells occur singly or a few together, in the great majority of cases, the contents of the entire cyst or even lobule are undergoing degeneration together. In the degenerating cysts and lobules however it is the germ cells and not the follicle cells forming the cyst wall that degenerate, the nuclei of the latter being apparently normal and distinguishable amid the degenerating spermatogonia as Hermann pointed out and figured. Figures 8 and 9 show degenerating lobules while


figures 10, 11, 12, and 13 show cysts in different stages of degeneration. In most of these figures the nuclei of the follicle cells may be recognized in the midst of the degenerating germ cells, fragments and debris.

Although occurring constantly and abundantly in the summer months in this region of the testis, the degenerations appear sporadically at other seasons. They have been found in late fall (November) and in the spring (April). They are not as abundant at these seasons but occur in the same region, i.e., in the zone intermediate between the secondary spermatogonia and the growing spermatocytes. It is obviously difficult to determine whether such cells are spermatogonia or are young spermatocytes, or whether they are all destined to disintegrate or whether some may 'recover' from the extreme 'contracted' condition of the nucleus which is so characteristic of early stages in this form of degeneration. It was this that first suggested a comparison with synizesis. This, however, will be discussed subsequently.

The determination of the exact sequence of changes that occur in the cell is difficult as it involves the larger question of the structure and functional changes in the nucleus and cell body. No attempt has been made to follow systematically the changes in the cytoplasm which are elusive and attention has therefore been turned more particularly to the nucleus where the effect is striking.

Degeneration in the nucleus seems to set in when the cell is preparing for mitosis. In the prodromic stage the nuclei possess a clear appearance with a definite delicate reticulum. It should of c'ourse be appreciated that the point of immergence is inferred from the structure of the apparently unchanged nuclei in the same cyst or the same lobule. This inference may be seen to be justified if it be remembered that the cells in the same cyst are in nearly identical stages, the same applying, but less closely, to the lobule. Three such nuclei are shown in the upper left hand corner of figure 12. The definite changes of degeneration are initiated by the contraction (collapse) of the nucleus such as is shown in figure 10. There then appear in the degenerating nuclei numerous spherical masses often lying in clear spaces as if in vacuoles (figures 11 and


12). With iron hematoxylin they retain the stain strongly as do the nucleoli. The application of a more differential stain, such as the Biondi-Heidenhain shows that the}^ are not basi-chromatin (figures 20, 21). In the next stage the nucleus 'runs together' into a more or less compact mass in which however the chromatin and parachromatin portions are usually distinguishable. Very often the latter in some globular form adheres to the chromatin mass as though 'squeezed out' (achromatic body of Hermann).

There are many forms of the degeneration picture. Quite common is the typical chromatolytic — or preferably and more correctly karyolytic — nucleus described by Heidenhain ('90) in which the chromatin collects peripherally as a shell, series of globules, or very often a crescent, the achromatic mass being central. Figure 9 shows one of these inadequately while figures 18 and 19 give them in more detail. The condensation and corresponding shrinking of the nucleus during this stage is usually excessive so that a considerable space intervenes between the nucleus and the cytoplasm, which throughout appears scanty and consists largely of a peripheral layer which may be connected with the nuclear mass by strands.

Further changes consist in the dissolution by fragmentation (and liquefaction?) together with a loss of staining power with basic stains. The resulting mass of granular and globular debris contains much fat which is undoubtedly responsible for many of the vacuoles apparent in figures 7 and 8.

Significance. In considering the significance of these degenerations the first thought would be that they were pathological— a result of an infection or an abnormality introduced into the life conditions (lack of oxygen, insufficient circulation, etc). This, indeed, is the interpretation of Driiner, who believed that the degenerations were caused by protozoa infesting the nucleus and causing their degeneration. His figures and descriptions however are not conclusive and in the absence of any experimental evidence and in the light of the occurrence in Desmognathus of these degenerations, at a specific time and in a specific region such an interpretation becomes highly improbable. Likewise there is no indication of interference with the blood supply which might cause their degeneration secondarily.


On the other hand, there is much that indicates that they are -physiological degenerations. The constancy with which they occur, the definite time of year at which they are most abundant, and especially the location in the testis and the position in the spermatogenetic cycle. This last suggests to us that they bear a relation to the regulation of the spermatogenetic process. Such a regulation appears not to have received much consideration. The investigator's attention is usually so riveted upon the intensely interesting intracellular processes involved in the periods of spermatogonial multiplication, synapsis, reduction, etc., that the possibility that these processes may be in some way coordinated with the life-habits of the form is generally not discussed. Nevertheless, it will be seen that spermatogenesis is correlated with the mating habits in those forms at least which mate at a definite season. If the multiplication of the spermatogonia and transformation into spermatocytes I is initiated, accelera'ed, retarded or checked at a definite stage, it can mean nothing else than that these processes are regulated growth processes similar to those that lead to the establishment of definite body form. Whether this regulation is intrinsic — within the germ cells themselves — or extrinsic is a question for the consideration of which there is as yet little basis of fact although analogy would suggest the latter. Possibly the emptying and degeneration of the first maturing lobules and the growth of the interstitial cells accompanying this may be a factor. Degenerations, therefore, so closely associated with a break in the continuity of the growth process of spermatogenesis seem associated with its regulation, and this view is strengthened by the fact that only the germ cells, not the follicle nuclei, undergo the histolytic change.

Relation to synizesis. The marked contraction of the nuclear contents into a more or less homogeneous mass which has been described in so many plant and animal forms as occurring at about the beginning of the growth period of the spermatocyte I so closely resembles in its extreme form the rounding off of the nuclei entering on the degeneration changes above described as almost to force a comparison, and one of us (Kingsbury, '02), struck by the strong general resemblance, made a suggestion that


introduces for consideration in this connection one of the critical stages of oogenesis and spermatogenesis which appeals to the writers as one of the most difficult of interpretation^ — the socalled synapsis staged

The suggestion then tentatively made^ was that the resemblance between the nuclei in synizesis and the degeneration under consideration might be more than a superficial one, especially as they both occurred at about the same time, associated apparently with the end of the multiplication period; that synizesis itself might possibly represent a 'running out of the spermatogonial stock.' Synizesis would on this interpretation be a 'beginning degeneration' — with recovery, which passes over later in the season into a degeneration leading to dissolution.

The following diagram or schema may serve to illustrate for the form Desmognathus the comparison of synizesis and the degenerations in question. Successive stages in the spermatogenesis being indicated by the letters of the alphabet as given in the legend below, while the idealized zones of the testis are numbered from 1 to 10.

- The terminology employed in the discussion of this period of the gametogenesis possibly calls for brief comment. Synapsis is used in the original sense of the pseudo-reduction in the chromosome number interpreted as due to a joining together in pairs. It is therefore as used here equivalent with conjugation and sj^ndesis. For the contraction of the nuclear contents the term Synizesis introduced by McClung is employed. While synapsis and synizesis are usually reported as occurring together at the beginning of the growth period of the spermatocyte, after the last spermatogonial division, they are not in all cases so assigned. Montgomery places synapsis in the telophase of the last spermatogonial division. Miss King described it in the toad as occurring after the growth period of the spermatocyte, etc.

^ Page 108. " (c) when the spermatogonia cease to undergo transformation into spermatocytes in the summer, the last cysts of spermatogonia apparent I3' undergo a chromatolysis and solution, and the boundary between the spermatocytes which are to form spermatozoa that season and the spermatogonia remaining over until the next summer, is thus well marked." Page 111. "It is suggested therefore that the contraction figures [i.e., synizesis], instead of being constructive and a fundamental phenomenon in the formation of the spermatocyte, ma}' be an expression of a 'running out' in the spermatogonium stock and represent a tendency toward degeneration. We know as yet too little of the occurrence of the contraction figures in different forms to draw any general conclusions; possibly quite different phenomena may be here included."



With the horizontal axis representing the 'spermatogenetic wave and the vertical axis the successive transformations with advancing season, oblique lines upward and to the right would give the similar stages at different seasons. The 'boundary plane,' when it appears, breaks the continuity of such lines. Allowing for the equalization of all stages in duration and extent which such a schema necessitates, it nevertheless gives a good diagrammatic representation of the process of spermatogenesis in the testis of Desmognathus as is indicated by comparing figures 1, 2, 6 and 3, from the months of May, June, August and September. To these might be added many others from the yearly cycle. It will be seen the synizeses (E) in front of the 'boundary plane' is in line with the degenerations (D) behind the plane.

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a — primary spermatogonia c — secondary spermatogonia E — synizeses

g — secondary spermatocytes i — transforming spermatids k — nearly mature spermatozoa m — spent lobules (degenerating)

b — secondary spermatogonia

D ■ — degenerations

f — primary spermatocytes

h • — spermatids

j — maturing spermatozoa

1 — mature spermatozoa

n — degenerated lobules

— boundary plane


A second possible interpretation of synizesis that occurred to the writers when considering the resemblance of the degeneration figures to extreme S3^nizesis, has been elaborated by Hertwig ('03) ; that is, that synizesis and synapsis represent an abortive mitosis. According to this view, on the one hand, synizesis represents an 'attempt on the part of the spermatogonia to divide again — which fails; while, on the other hard the reputed conjugation of chromosomes occurring at about this time is but the imperfect fission and subsequent fusion of daughter chromosomes of such abortive division. There promises to be some time before there is any complete agreement as to the facts, let alone interpretation.

As far as synizesis is concerned, the extent of the contraction of the nuclear contents seems to vary, from a condensation in which no detail of structure is discernible, to a tendency only, on the part of the nuclear structures to withdraw from the nuclear membrane. Since Meves ('07) , in his recent rather severe critique of the synizesis and synapsis problem, is forced to admit such a tendency at this stage of the growth of the spermatocyte, synizesis must represent a real alteration of conditions, and is not an artifact due to imperfect penetration or fixation. In Desm.ognathus, we still locate synizesis in the beginning of the growth period of the spermatocyte. The contraction of the chromatin in many specimens is not marked so that in many of the preparations it can be interpreted as little more than a 'tendency' to contraction. Furthermore, as was stated by Kingsbury ('02), synizesis is only well marked in the early summer, among the last spermatocytes to enter upon the growth period that season. In this connection figure 4 and particularly figure 7 may be examined, as well as the more enlarged figures 8 and 9 which are, however, not particularly characteristic and are not introduced

The suggestion was too briefly stated at that time to be easily interpreted. The idea intended to be conveyed however was that in the 'play of forces,' whatever their character, which determine the succession of spermatogonial divisions, the termination of the period of multiplication must be thought of as due to a checking of, or a loss of a power of nuclear synthesis— a 'running out,' as if from an exhaustion of 'material' which necessitates a long growth period— or leads to degeneration. The suggestion was hardly intended to have the force of a 'claim' as Miss King ('08) states it. B. F. Kingsbury.


ill illustration of the synizesis figure in Desmognathus. The limitation of synizesis to this period of the year is not due to the fact that at this time the testis contains relatively more cells in this particular stage of development" as has been intimated might be the case (King, '07). To appreciate this it is necessary to keep in mind the 'polarity' of the urodele testis which permits a very exact location of given stages and determination of their sequence. Thus the examination of longitudinal sections of organs secured throughout the spring shows in each a succession of cysts filled with cells in stages grading from the spermatogonia to mature and dividing spermatocytes. As has been said, it is only after the 'boundary' limiting that season's production is well marked that definite instances of synizesis a'ppear — unless indeed, the isolated cysts of cells with markedly contracted nuclei that are found in testes from the spring months before the boundary plane appears represent synizesis. In this event, the cells recover and are not degeneration figures.

As far as synapsis (.syndesis) or the 'conjugation of the chromosomes' is concerned, it appears to be lacking in Desmognathus. We have carefully reexamined the question in extensive material and fail to find any indication of a fusion of the chromosomes, parallel or end to end, or, indeed, of a splitting of the chromatin threads in the early growth period of the spermatocyte. The splitting of the chromosomes of the spermatocyte I in preparation for the first division appears quite early; but it becomes more and more distinct and complete as the division is approached. The changes of the growth period of the spermatocyte I occur essentially as already described by Kingsbury ('02).

Whatever general agreement may be ultimately reached as to the facts, i.e., the general occurrence of a union in the spermatocyte (or spermatogonia! anaphase) of distinct chromosomes, end to end or parallel, and the prevalence of a contracted condition of the nuclear contents — the explanation of the phenomena remains quite distinct, nor should it be confounded with whatever teleological significance may attach thereto. Thus such an hypothesis as the abortive mitosis interpretation of the synapsis period by R. Hertwig seems particularly suggestive, since it pre


sents the possibility of an explanation on the basis of a general interpretation and treats the cell as a unit.

Synizesis, as an alteration in the morphology of the nucleus, can be adequately approached only by a consideration of the ' play of forces'* upon which the morphology of the nucleus depends and in which a correlation with the cytoplasm must be intimately involved. An adequate analysis of such forces has not, as far as we are aware, been made. One is particularly impressed with the existence of such forces when in karyolysis, as a result of their suspension, the nuclear substance is free to follow the (simpler) laws of its physical state and condense into spherical masses. It is this which suggested that synizesis expressed a more or less complete suspension of nuclear processes. Since the contraction is toward the idiosome the impression is strong that, in the contraction, the relations of the nucleus to that portion of the cytoplasm in which the idiosome is, persist or exist, possibly in exaggerated form, while there is a more or less complete suspension of nuclear-cytoplasmic relations over other portions of the nuclear membrane.

The arrangement of the chromatin (chromosomes) oriented in relation to the idiosomatic cytoplasm in the well known ' bouquet stage' indicates that such a peculiar interrelation between the nucleus and this portion of the cytoplasm exists (persists) throughout the growth of the spermatocyte I.

Suggestions of such important correlations are naturally to be found in the literature. Thus, Winiwarter ('08) recognized synizesis as expressing a correlation between the chromosomes and the idiosome, the latter exerting a real influence of attraction upon the chromatin filaments, but affecting the cytoplasm as well, since the mitochondria cluster around the idiosome. As expressing the attraction he proposes the term centrotaxis, but of its nature we are entirely ignorant as yet. Montgomery ('11) suggests that synizesis, which he finds may occur during a large portion of the growth period of the spermatocyte in Euschistus

■■ By this somewhat unsatisfactory expression is meant the sum total of forces that are undoubtedly operative in protoplasm— electrical attractions and repulsions, chemical affinities and reactions, osmotic tensions, etc.


indicates possibly a rhythmic discharge of material from the nucleus. The chromatin plate described by him likewise is indicative of an idiosome-nuclear correlation.

Practically nothing is known regarding the frequency of occurrence in amphibia other than Salamandra and Desmognathus, of degenerations similar to those described. Through the kindness of Dr. Montgomery sections of the testis of Plethodon cinereus erythronotus were examined and comparable degenerations were found to be present. Likewise they have been seen in the testis of Salamandra atra. In these forms, however, no systematic study of the degenerations has been made in which there has been seriously attempted the ascertainment of any definite relation to the process of spermatogenesis, the stage at which they occur, their relation to the annual cycle or their location within the testis, nor has the relation of the spermatogenetic process to the testis been studied.

Miss King ('07) has found no trace of such degenerations in Bufo. She says: I have never found a condensation of the chromatin in the spermatogonia as Kingsbury has described for Desmognathus, and I am unable to confirm his statement that 'contraction figures do not occur constantly in spermatocytes.'" To this the following comments may be made; first, that work upon one form cannot be relied on for confirmation or disproof of work done upon another form. The spermatogenetic process seems to be worked out in the anuran testis in a way quite different from that prevailing among the urodeles. In the toad it is apparently intralobular; many different stages are found within the confines of a single lobule.* The seriation of stages in such a testis as the toad's are much more difficult, and, it may be ventured, karyolytic nuclei might easily be overlooked as they would probably occur singly. This, however, from Miss King's careful

^ Cf. King, '07, p. 346. "As a rule all of the cells in a cyst are in approximately the same stage of development, but a single follicle [lobule] may contain both spermatogonia and maturing spermatids. A transverse section of the testis, therefore, shows practically all stages in the development of the spermatozoa." In Desmognathus in a transection all cells would be in approximately the same stage, while in a single longitudinal section at the right season of the year, practically every stage might be seen.


study would hardly seem likely and it is far more probable thai if such degenerations occur, they do so at a later season than that studied by Miss King (i.e., after September), possibly at the beginning of hibernation, when, if ever, one might expect a checking of the spermatogonial divisions to be accompanied by degenerations. Granted that these are 'physiological degenerations,' it should be appreciated that there is no reason for believing that the factors upon which they depend would be operative in all forms in the same way. The degenerations might or might not occur, which fact should be considered in making comparisons between the processes taking place in the testis of the toad and in that of the salamander where this may be particularly applicable.

The lavish outlay of germ cells and their wholesale degeneration has been commented on by a number of writers. There may be particularly mentioned : Winiwarter and Saimont (mammals) , Hoffman ('92), D. Hollander ('05) (birds), Bouin ('01), Dustin ('07), Levi ('05) (amphibia).

The descriptions of Winiwarter who has given the most monographic description of mammalian oogenesis are particularly interesting. In the rabbit ('00) he described two epochs of degenerations which were completely separated. Of these the first, including typical and atypical karyolysis, is of particular interest in this connection. The second occurred in the atresia folliculi. Winiwarter found that the multiplication of the oogonia ceased soon (about ten days) after birth. The degenerations of the first epoch extended from the twenty-third day embryo nearly to eighteen days after birth. The degenerating cells were found to be, in the large majority of cases at least, oogonia which succumbed particularly at the time of their division. At what point the karyolysis sets in he is not sure but he thinks that in all probability it is at the equatorial plate stage. Comparison of his results with the conditions in Desmognathus are quite suggestive.

In the cat ('08) the degenerations begin to appear singly. In embryos of forty-five to fifty days large groups of degenerating cells are present. Shortly after birth the multiplication of the oogonia suffers an arrest and, coincident with this, there is a recrudescence of degeneration. The groups of nuclei particularly


affected are his poussieroides and transitory (i.e., presynaptic). The change shows itself first in the nuclei ; the fine network ar fine granulations forming larger masses grouped around the nucleolus.


In Desmognathus fusca at the time that the transformation of spermatogonia into spermatocytes ceases, degeneration figures in large numbers, involving whole cysts and lobules, may be found among the cells that have ' failed' to transform that season. They have a definite position in the testis as well as in the spermatogenetic cycle and seem to be closely associated with the regulation of the spermatogenetic process.

Apparently similar degenerations have been reported in a number of different forms, in the oogenesis and in the spermatogenesis.

Such degenerations have undoubtedly a greater significance in connection with the activities of the reproductive organs than is generally recognized.

For their adequate treatment, however, spermatogenesis must be dealt with in its relation to the whole organ and the whole organism. Little help in interpretation, it is believed, may be. expected from the ultra-chromosomal point of view, or even from that of the cell theor}'.

January 20. 1912.



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1 Longitudinal section of testis of Desmognathus fusca. May 24; fixed in Hermann's fluid; iron hematoxylin stain. From the primary spermatogonia in the portion at the bottom of the photograph, one passes up through a gradual succession of stages to spermatids at the top of the figure. The nearly mature spermatocytes i just below them may be distinguished by their larger size. The boundary between the cells destined to furnish spermatozoa that season and the residual cells, is not yet evident in this specimen.

2 Longitudinal section, testis Desmognathus fusca, fixed June 7, in Hermann's fluid ; iron hematoxylin stain. The interstitial cells about the degenerated lobules occupy the upper portion, below them come developing spermatozoa; at the lower end, spermatogonia. The boundary is becoming well marked. Enlarged photograpli of the boundary region is shown in fig. 4.

3 Longitudinal section, testis Desmognathus, fixed yej)tember 7 in Hermann's fluid; iron hematoxylin. The body of the testis occupied by spermatozoa, the lower portion by spermatogonia. The boundary is thus conspicuous. Fig. 5 shows an enlarged view of the boundary. An intermediate stage is shown in fig. 6.

4 Testis Desmognathus. Photograph giving an enlarged view of the boundary region of fig. 2. Spermatocytes i occupy the upper lobules, spermatogonia the lower lobules, the separation being particularly clear on the right side. Three lobules of spermatogonia at the boundary region show more or less extensive karyolysis.

5 Testis of Desmognathus. Photograph giving an enlarged view of the boundary region of fig. 3. Spermatozoa occupy the lobules above the boundary, spermatogonia those below. Degenerations are .seen in one entire lobule and in portions of two others.


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6 Testis of Desmognathus. Longitudinal section. Fixed in Hermann's fluid August 21 ; iron hematoxylin stain. Two lobes are shown, the lower end of the one on the right being connected with the lower end of the one on the left. In the larger lobe, the region of degenerated lobules occupies in the figure the upper end. These are succeeded below by spermatozoa, maturing spermatozoa, transforming spermatids, spermatids, spermatogonia, the boundary between the regions occupied by the last two being well shown in both lobes.

7 Testis of Desmognathus. Longitudinal section. Fixed June 7 in Hermann's fluid; iron hemato.xylin stain. View of the lobules in the boundarj^ region. In the upper three lobules are growing spermatocytes i; the intermediate three lobules show synizesis; below these comes the boundarj' and lobules of spermatogonia among which many cysts are undergoing degeneration.

8 Testis Desmognathus. Photograph of the boundary region, showing a degenerating lobule, filled with debris, fat vacuoles, karyolytic nuclei and the normal nuclei of the follicle cells. Above the degenerating lobule the spermatocytes I indicate a slight condition of synizesis. The lobule below contains spermatogonia.

9 Testis of Desmognathus. Photograph simihir to that shown in fig. 8, from the surface of the testis (on the right side of figure). One degenerating lobule is shown and portions of two others contain degenerating cysts.


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10 Testis of Desmognathus. Photograph at higli magnification (2 mm. apochromatic, no. 2 Zeiss projection ocular) of a portion of a lobule of spermatogonia in which one cyst is in an early stage of degeneration. The resemblance to marked synizesis is striking.

11 Testis of Desmognathus. Photograph at high magnification (2 mm. apochromatic objective no. 2 Zeiss projection ocular). To show the karyolytic nuclei in a degenerating lobule and the normal nuclei of the follicle cells. The lobules above contain spermatozoa; those below dividing spermatogonia.

12 Testis of Desmognathus. A cyst filled with karyolytic cells. The three nuclei in the neighboring cyst (upper left hand corner) are probably just about to enter upon degeneration.

13 Testis of Desmognathus. Photograph from a lobule of degenerating spermatogonia.

14, 15, 16, 17 Pen and ink drawings of camera lucida sketches of typical karyolytic cells. The resemblance to the extreme synizesis nuclei described in other forms is striking.

18, 19, 20, 21 Colored drawings from camera lucida sketches of typical karyolytic cells. From preparations stained with the Ehilicli-Iiiondi-Heidenhain triple stain.


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From the Stale University of North Dakota


The existence of an epithelium in trematodes and cestodes has been a much debated question for many years, while among those who deny the presence of this tissue in these worms there is much difference of opinion as to the origin of this condition, some maintaining that the epithelium has been lost, some that it has been metamorphosed into the cuticula, while others fail to express an opinion on this point.

If we turn to the Turbellaria, the probable ancestors of trematodes and cestodes, we find conditions which I believe give a clue to the answer to this question. Most of these possess a typical nucleated ephthelium, the cell boundaries of which however are difficult to observe without special methods; while in the pharynx and its sack nuclei are often lacking in the epithelial layer, having invaded the parenchyma to form an insunken epithelium as has been experimentally observed by Jander ('97) in the regenerating pharynx of Dendrocoelum.

In many forms the general epithelium presents conditions similar to those common in the pharynx, while in some cases it has been claimed that neither nuclein or cell boundaries are demonstrable even with special methods of technique. Thus Bohmig ('90) in several species of Alloeocoela was unable to demonstrate cell boundaries in the epithelial layer by treatment with silver nitrate, while the distribution of nuclei was very irregular.

The typical conditions in the turbellarian epithelium are well represented in Planocera inquilina (fig. 1). The surface of this


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worm is covered by a layer of cilia averasing- 5.7// in tiiickness dorsally and 5.4 ventrally.^ In fixation, they become matted together to form a tangled mass, in which it is difficult to observe individual cilia. Where they are inserted in the epithelium, the characteristic basal swellings give the appearance of a thin dense layer at the surface, which has been interpreted by various writers as a cuticula. The epithelial cells have a fibrillar structure presenting numerous small spaces^ which are very likely the result of shrinkage.

The course of the fibrillae is more or less irregular, though in a general way perpendicular to the surface, producing the striations mentioned by various authors in the turbellarian epithelium. They form a close network, varying in density from point to point, in the meshes of which lie the spherical or ovoid nuclei with a distinct chromatic network and a definite membrane which stains similarly to the latter, and in most, but not all cases, appears to be complete. Frequently, but not always, the network is condensed at one or more points to form false nucleoli. This appearance may be the result of shrinkage. These nuclei average 4.4 by 5.5fi in diameter.^ Besides nuclei, numerous rhabdoids occur in the epithelium, an account of which does not concern us here. The fibrillae appear to be continuous with basal extensions of the cilia, but on this point I cannot speak positively.

Cellular outlines, faintly evident in surface views, are indistinguishable in cross sections.'* I have not observed a differentiation of epithelial and interstitial cells, as described by Lang ('84) for polyclads. Nor can I distinguish the difference in size of nuclei which he describes and figures.

1 Average of seven measurements. Variations in thickness of the ciliary layer of from 3 to 8^ occur. These are probably not altogether normal, but where indications to the contrary are lacking I have included them in my averages.

2 Except in the denser surface layers.

Average of twenty measurements. Occasionally I find an apparent fibrilla passing through the epithelium from outer to inner surface of the latter. These may represent cell boundaries but they are distinguishable from other fibrillae only by their extent from surface to surface of the epithelium and by their more nearly vertical direction. In some places where shrinkage has occurred apparent cell outlines may be seen.


The thickness of the epitheUum as well as the shape of the nuclei is largely dependent on the state of expansion or contraction of the worm. Dorsally it averages l()/x. ventrally S.T/j. in thickness.'^

Directly beneath the epithelium is the basement membrane. This is in most places a well marked layer averaging 2.7 ij. in thickness dorsally and 1.5/i ventrally/' but varying from 4/i to a mere line from j^oint to point. Toward the edge of the body it becomes very thin. Next to the epithelium the membrane frequently shows a very distinct outline, on the inner side it is less sharply differentiated from the parenchyma. It is evidently differentiated chemically from both parenchyma and epithelium, judging by the differerce in stain between it and these latter tissues. In haematoxylin-eosin preparations, the latter are stained light blue or gray, while the basement membrane is straw-colored, being thereby very distinctly marked off from the other tissues. In sections taken perpendicular to the surface, the basement membrane appears nearly homogenous, but where the sections are oblique or parallel to the surface a fibrillar structure is plainly visible. The course of the fibrillae, while more or less irregular, is in general parallel to the surface and thus at right angles to those of the epithelium. A continuity between them and those of the parenchyma on the one hand, and the epithelium on the other, I consider probable although I am unable to demonstrate it positively.

Jander ('97, p. 24) describes the origin of the basement membrane as a Verdickung der Netzstrange bis zu deixi Maasse die eine Basalmembran darstellt." The same author (I.e., p. 27) describes the striations of the epithelium as occasionally passing "durch die Basalmembran bis in die aussere Langsmusculatur hinein," but qualifies this statement by adding that "ist es auch nicht unmogiich irrtiimlicher Weise einen derartigen Zellplattenstreif in einen Bindegewebstrang zu verlangern." This view is supported by my own observations of the fibrillar nature of this membrane and its probable continuity with

^ Average of seven measurements varying from 4 to 14;u. ^ Average of seven measurements.

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the parenchyma, and by its replacement in Polychaerus caudatus by a fibrous network directly continuous, through the sub-epithelial muscle layers, with the parenchyma, as is the case in Taenia serrata and its larva (Young, '08) . Woodworth ('91 , p. 20) on the contrary believes the basement membrane of Phagocata gracilis to be a hypodermal product. In the fibrillar groundwork, some deposit is probably formed, either by the epithelium or the parenchyma, or by both, which intimately unites the fibrillae into a homogenous mass, and is the cause of the differential staining capacity of this membrane as described above. Nuclei in the basement membrane, as described by Lang ('84) are not present here.'^

Conditions in general similar to the above exist in several other turbellarians studied by me (viz: Planaria maculata, Dendrocoelum lacteum, Phagocata gracilis, Bothromesostoma personatum, Mesostoma tetragonum, Mesostoma sp. and Phaenocora(?). In not all, however, are the nuclei as numerous as in Planocera inquilina. While the abundance of nuclei depends in a large measure on the condition of expansion or contraction of the worm, still by comparison of several specimens of each species similarly fixed, it is possible to construct a series with reference to nuclear abundance leading from the last named form to those in which nuclei arc seldom or never found in the epithelium.

Such a form is Polychaerus caudatus (fig. 2) which presents an advanced stage in the development of an insunken epithelium. ]^eneath the cilia, which in ])reserved material appear to form an almost continuous layer, is a loosely fibi-illar, vacuolated layer representing the epithelium, while a basement mem,brane is not differentiated. The fibrillae form an ij-regular network, showing no definite arrangement with reference to the surface, and apparently in direct continuity with that of the under-lying j)arenchyma on the one hand and with the bases of th(^ cilia on the other. I cannot speak positively i-egarding this however. The vacuoles in the epithelium of this worm I ]:)olieve are, largely

" Kosarditifi 1 his iiiciiil)i-aiic, Lang says however (1. (!. J). 04) .... sieauf vielen I'l ajjaraten ganz homogen aussicht, weil veilc fi'ir die iibrigen (icwcbc des Kfirpcis ti(>fHiclH' Titictioiisinil f (^1 di('S(>lbo d ffiis farlxMi."



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at least, due to shrinkage, as suggested above for Planocera. Occasional rhabdoids are scattered through the epithelium and ciliary layer. The main point of interest, however, in the epithelium of Polychaerus is the occasional occurrence of nuclei. These are found mainly dorsally, but I have observed at least one or two clear cases of their presence ventrally, one of which is shown in the figure. There can, I think, be no question as to the nuclear character of this and similar bodies in the epithelium. Their structure is identical with that of the parenchyma nuclei. They are round or oval in outline, average 4.7 by 3.5^* in diameter^ and contain a dense chromatic network surrounded by a fairly definite membrane, which is however obviously incomplete in some cases. It is not impossible, however, that they may owe their presence here to distortion of the tissue produced by contraction of the worm during fixation. This would explain their greater number in the dorsal epithelium where the tissues (in my preparations) are much more distorted than they are ventrally. The fact of their occurrence in the ventral epithelium, however, where but little distortion has occurred and the further fact of their occurrence in the epithelium of other Acoela as recorded by von Graff ('91) renders it probable that their occasional presence here is normal.

In Bdelloura propinqua (fig. 3) there appears to be an entire absence of nuclei in the epithelium examined. The surface of this worm is covered by a layer of cilia similar in appearance to that of Planocera already described. Below the cilia is the epithelium which also, except for the absence of nuclei, has a structure similar to that of the last named species. Here is found the same layer of basal swellings of the cilia at the points of their insertion in the epithelium, the same fibrillar network with its meshes approximately perpendicular to the surface, and containing numerous vacuoles which are probably artefacts produced by shrinkage, as they are sometimes absent or but poorly developed. Here too exists the same difficulty in determining the precise relation between the epithelial fibrillae and the cilia

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on the one hand and the basement membrane on the other. The ciha are probably continuous with the epithehal fibrillae and possibly such a continuity also exists between the latter and those of the basement membrane.

In vertical sections, it is impossible to distinguish cell boundaries in the epithelium, but in tangential ones occasional polygonal areas may be seen which probably indicate its cellular character. Treatment with silver nitrate, moreover, reveals the cell boundaries very clearly.

Directly below the epithelium is a definite basement membrane which, in most of my material, appears homogenous, but in one specimen shows a very evident fibrillar character. The basement membrane here is very lightly stained and appears as though the ground substance had been in some way removed from the meshes of the fibrillae, thereby rendering them apparent. These form a loose network, the meshes of which run in general parallel' to the surface and stain similarly to those of the epithelium. Externally, the membrane presents a scalloped appearance, which may possibly be due to the insertion of the epithelium, which in fixation has shrunken a little away from the membrane, thus bringing its scalloped appearance more plainly into view. Whether there is any anastomosis between the fibrillae of the basement membrane and those of either the epithelium or the parenchyma is a point which I must leave undecided. That this membrane is chemically different from the other tissues is a point which is indicated by its differential stain. In sections strongly counter-stained with eosin, the epithelium is red or pinkish while the basement membrane varies from colorless or light straw color to gray or pale brown.

The ciliary layer, epithelium and basement membrane show wide variations in thickness, not only in different specimens, but in different parts of the same specimen. These differences are doubtless due in great measure to differences in amount of contraction of the tissues in fixation and to distortion produced thereby; they may also be due in part to differences in the plane of section; probably also to differences in development of the


different layers. The following measurements^ (in n) indicate the variations referred to:




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While nuclei are typically present in the surface epithelium of the Turbellaria, they are frequently either very rare in or entirely absent from the pharynx and pharyngeal sack, and cell boundaries can only be demonstrated by special methods, the epithelium thus assuming the appearance of a cuticula (fig. 4). The distribution of the cilia in this region is also very variable according to accounts of various authors, these being in some cases present, in others absent throughout the pharnyx; in some present on its outer but not on its inner wall, while in others the reverse holds true. In general, the epithelium of the gut forms a definite one-celled layer, but in some cases (Bohmig, I.e. in Plagiostoma bimaculatum, maculatum and sulphureum; Fuhrmann, '98 in Plagiostoma violaceum), etc., it appears to be intimately connected with the surrounding parenchyma, while in the Acoela, as is well known, the gut is replaced by parenchyma, the pharynx opening directly into the latter. The oesophagus, the transition from pharynx to gut, may have an epithelium of the ordinary type, or an insunken one (Luther, '04, etc.).

The statements regarding the epithelium of the excretory ducts are again conflicting. In general an epitheliim appears to be present, at least in the main ducts; but in some cases (Luther, I.e.), the wall is not sharplj^ differentiated from the surrounding parenchyma, while a non-nucleated terminal duct in Monoophorum striatum is described by Bohmig (I.e.), so that the existence of a typical epithelium in the excretory system of all Turbellaria

' These measurements are arranged in order from five worms, the first of each set referring to one specimen, the second to another, etc.

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cannot be considered as definitely established. This uncertainty is probably due in part at least to the difficulty of demonstrating the excretory system in preserved material. Its delicacy renders its tracing, at least to the finer branches, very difficult in preserved material. So far as I have been able to find the excretory ducts in my own sections, I have seen no evidence of a definite epithelium. Their walls apparently consist of a collection of protoplasmic strands in direct continuity with those of the surrounding parenchyma, in which are imbedded occasional nuclei (fig. 5)._ _

Conditions in the reproductive ducts and glands show considerable variation according to the statements of various authors. In general, an epithelium is present, which is, however, very variable in form. It may be insunken (penis of Byrsophlebs nana von Graff, '03 and Geoplana pulla, von Graff, '91), and may lack nuclei (penis of Yungia aurantiaca, Lang, I.e.), or both nuclei and cell boundaries (Typhloplaninae, Luther, I.e.). The latter author says (p. 98) :

das Epithel des Atriums geht an der Spitze des Penis in eine Kernhaltige Plasmamasse liber, in der sich keine Zellgrenzen nachweisen lassen .... oft is sie (in the penis) nur noch an den hier und da der Innenflache aniiegenden platten Kernen zu erkennen, in anderen Fallen gelingt es iiberhaupt nicht mehr ihr Vorhandensein festzustellen.

In Plagiostomum reticulatum, von Graff ('08, p. 2287) describes the epithelium of the ausseren Penisrohrwandung" as "vollends cuticulaahnlich" which farbt sich nicht mehr und erscheint vollkommen homogen: im Ductus ejaculatorius prasentirt es sich als eine haarscharfe, stark roth tingirte Linie."

According to Luther (I.e.) in the Macrostomidae, an epithelium is present in the antrum femininum alone, the gland ducts being parenchyma spaces. The same author finds in the Mesostomidae and most of the Typhloplaninae an epithelium in the virgin bursa copulatrix, which later degenerates, leaving the basement membrane superficial; the latter then becoming strongly developed. In the bursa stalk, however, the epithelium persists. The inner wall of the bursa seminalis of Gyratrix hermaphroditus is lined by


a plasma layer continuous with "die Vacuolisirte Ausfiillungsmasse . . . . in welcher zerstreute Kerne neben Spermamassen eingebettet sind" (von Graff, '05, p. 140). A similar condition is presented by the bursa copulatrix of Monoophorum durum (Fuhrmann. I.e.)- Until more information is available regarding the origin of ovary, testis and yolk glands in Turbellaria, speculation concerning the presence or absence of an epithelium in these organs had better be postponed. At present, statements of different authors are divergent, and in many cases not specific, on this point, some, as Lang (I.e.), claiming its existence, while this is denied or not mentioned by others.

In some places (pharyngeal sack, seminal vesicle), the wall of the organ may be sufficiently distended to cause the disappearance of the epithelium in places so that the underlying muscles abut directly on the lumen (fig. 6) . Similar conditions have been described by Lang (I.e.) in the penis of Yungia aurantiaca, Luther (I.e.), in the atrium copulatorium of Castrada segne, the bursa copulatrix of Mesostomidae, etc.

We thus find in the Turbellaria a complete series of stages in the modification of a normal epithelium to one with insunken nuclei and cell boundaries, not readily demonstrable except by special methods of technique, ^^ and similar transition stages occasionally occur in the same species as pointed out by von Graff ('91, p, 6) in the following words:

bei ihnen (Convoluta sordida and paradoxa) ein und dieselbe Hartungs- und Farbungsmethode (Hamatoxylin z. B.) bald zahlreiche Epithelkerne hervorhebt, bald gar keine oder doch nur sehr wenige Kerne des Epithels tingirt, wenn auch in alien iibrigen Theilen bei beiden Individuen die Tinktion eine gleich tadellose ware.

Von Graff ('99) has called attention to this transition, pointing out the resemblance between the insunken epithelium of Turbellaria and the 'epithelium' of trematodes and cestodes. He says (I.e., p. 42) :

Beriicksichtigt man dass in der urspriinglichsten Familie (Geoplanidae) .... ein normales Epithel angetroffen wird, so kann man in den eingesenkten Epithelien liberhaupt und speciell in dem der

'■" Not even then, in all cases, fide Bohmig ('90).

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Kriechleiste nur einen socundaren Charakter erkennen — einen Charakter, der erst in den beiden am weitesten differenzirtcn Familien der Rhyncodemidae und Bipaliidae auftritt und bei letzterer seinen hochsten Ausliildungso-rad erroiclit hat. Hicr ergroift der Process der Einsenkung bei manchcu Formen, wie Pkic. kewensis, das gesamte Korperepithel und man konnte sagen dass diese Species und die ihr im Baue des Epithels zunachststehenden Bipaliiden im Begriffe sind, die Epithelform der Trematoden und Cestoden zu acquiriren.

My own observations emphasize this view of von Graff, which has not yet received sufficient notice. I must, however, differ from him in assigning an epithehum to cestodes and trematodes.^^ My own view is that we have progressing in the Turbellaria an epithehal transformation leading to the condition in the former groups in which the epithelium has been replaced by a cuticula. I find this process occurring in ontogeny in the vagina and penis of Taenia serrata, as I hope to explain more fully in a forthcoming paper. 12

A similar process has been described by Lonnberg ('91) in the vagina of Abothrium rugosum and Tetrarhynchus tetrabothrius; he has also pointed out the probable homology between the turbellarian epithelium and the cestode cuticula. ^^

The presence of nuclei in the cuticula of the primitive cestode Amphilina (Salensky, '74) and in several trematodes (Monostomum mutabile — Braun, '93; Distomum sp. — Maclaren, '05; Cotylogaster — Nickerson, '02, etc.) suggests that these are forms in which the outer layer has not yet been fully evolved into the cuticula typical of these worms.

The many observations among both trematodes and cestodes of the sloughing of the larval epithelium, this being later replaced by a cuticle formed from underlying tissues (Leuckart, '86, Looss, '92, '93, '94, Pratt, '98), etc., does not, T beheve, detract from the soundness of this view, because the homology of the larval epithelium is by no means certain. Until more is known concerning the germ layers of plathelminths, speculation on this latter point is futile.

" See my discussion of this question elsewhere (Young ('08). "'Here however there is apparently no insinking of nuclei into the parenchyma.

"See also Ziegler ('05).


The many variations of the turbellarian epithelium, not only on the sm-face of the body but also in the digestive and reproductive apparatus, indicate the plasticity of this layer and the probability of the theory outlined above.


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Part I


From the Department of Zoology, The University of Chicago



I. Introduction 270

II. Material and methods 271

III. The problem 275

IV. The ovarian history 277

A. The primordial follicle. Oocytes less than 90m 277

B. The second growth period. Oocytes to 0.4 mm 281

1 . The lipoid spherules and the yolk nucleus 282

2. The origin of the stigma and the follicular blood supply 283

C. The period of differentiation. Oocytes to 5.0 rqm 286

1. The eccentricity of the germinal vesicle 286

2. The ooplasmic zones 287

3. The peripheral migration of the germinal vesicle ; 287

4. The zona radiata and the rotation of the oocyte 288

D. The final growth period. Oocytes to 20 mm 290

1. The initial stimuli 290

2. Correlations in the reproductive apparatus 291

3. The orientation of the follicle and ovulation 292

V. The bilaterality of the blastodisc. (A summary of Part II) 296

A. The origin and development of the blastodisc 296

B. The blastodisc during maturation and first cleavage 298

VI. Axis angles 299

The long, chalazal and embryonic axes 300

VII. Discussion and summary 304

A. Bilaterality in vertebrate ova 304

B. Summary of results 307

C. Conclusions 309

Bibliography 310




Whitman in his paper on the development of Clepsine (78), gave the first .full and connected account of egg organization ; since then much evidence has accumulated to show that many eggs are highly organized before cleavage begins and there are cases in which the origin of this organization has been traced back into the ovarian history of the egg. Thus it is well known that the axis of bilaterality, one of the most fundamental manifestations of organization, appears, in the insect, while the egg is still in the ovary and there is some evidence that the ovarian egg in at least two primitive vertebrates has a bilateral structure. These facts make the relations between the egg and the embryonic axis of certain reptiles and birds verj^ suggestive. The work of Kolliker ('76), Duval ('84) and others established the existence, in the hen's egg, of a fairly definite relation between the embryonic and chalazal axes and similar conditions were found in the pigeon's egg by Patterson ('09). This relation cannot have arisen after the chalazae have been laid down in the oviduct; I have met with only two considerations of the significance of this fact, one in a paper written in 1893 which was found among Professor Whitman's unpublished manuscripts, the other is in Lillie's book on the chick ('08). It has been found that in the pigeon the position of the chalazae is determined before cleavage begins and it follow\s accordingly that the pigeon egg is bilaterally organized shortl}^ after fertilization. Evidence will here be presented to show that the antero-posterior axis of the pigeon not only appears clearly at the time of fertilization but may also be traced back into the ovarian history at least as far as the youngest oocytes found in the adult ovary.

I am indebted to Professor Whitman for the opportunity of working on this material and for many of the birds that were used. It is difficult for a student of his to express the appreciation he feels of the piivilege of working under Professor Whitman. His clear insight into fundamentals, his keen criticism and high ideals, his whole personality made every conference with him an inspiration. It is a pleasure also, to express my obligations to Prof. F.


R. Lillie for his constant interest, advice and criticism. I wish to thank Prof. C. L. Bristol, Dr. J. T. Patterson and the members of this Department for their suggestions and cooperation. Dr. R. R. Bensley has shown me many courtesies in the course of the work; his artist, Mr. A. B. Streedain copied figs. 42 and 43 from the original drawings.


Harper ('04), Blount ('09), and Patterson ('09) have discussed in detail the man}- advantages the pigeon's egg has for studies on the early stages of development in the bird's egg. The technique employed .is new for these eggs and will be discussed briefly.

At the outset the necessity of studying the living material must be emphasized. No conclusions can be based on the form-relations of the younger oocytes or of the blastodiscs that are derived solely from preserved material. Certain distortions are unavoidable, even with the most careful treatment, and they must be controlled by the study and measurement of the living cells. The greatest distortions are introduced in cutting thin paraffin sections, so these have been used only to add structural details and for the illustrations. In the latter case they were used because it is easy to photograph them; they are to be considered merely as corroborative evidence as to the conditions observed in fresh or creasote preparations and free hand sections. Entire ovaries cleared in creasote, dissected and studied under the binocular as solid objects afford an easier and more accurate means of interpreting form-relations than could possibly be obtained from the study of sections, and this method, when properly controlled, is to be highly recommended. In this three-dimensional study of the oocytes the following technique was used: Fix the entire ovary for not more than six hours in a mixture consisting of:

Saturated HgCl-i in normal salt solution 94 cc.

(llacial acetic acid 6 cc.

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The formol should be added at the time of using and the mixture warmed to the body temperature. As has been said, this fixation only preserves the external form-relations of the oocytes. Cytologically the microscopic picture is not true to life and, as the photographs show, the nucleus is always more or less plasmolyzed. After fixation and washing, the ovary is run up through the alcohols to 95 per cent containing a trace of eosin, then creasote is added very gradually during the course of a day or two and the ovary finally studied in pure creasote. The most important factor in avoiding distortions is the gradual clearing. The method involves little shrinkage and the change in shape is within the probable error in measurement and negligible as may be seen from table 1.

The average shrinkage of twenty oocytes, ranging between 1 and 5 mm., was 4 per cent; in no instance was it greater than 5 per cent. The shrinkage involved in paraffin imbedding and cutting may be judged' from the following: an oocyte of 2.5 mm. before fixation, measured 2.4 mm. in alcohol and 2.3 mm. in paraffin. It was cut perpendicular to the long axis into 221 sections 10/i thick. This means a total shrinkage of 11.6 per cent. The eff"ect of the compression in cutting may be judged from figure 27, a photograph of a median section of this egg. The two axes shown were nearly equal before cutting.

To study the blood supply the ovary was injected with a freshly prepared, 5 to 7 per cent solution of Higgins' india ink in physiological salt solution (see Evans, '09). After light staining in eosin it was cleared and studied in creasote.

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One per cent aqueous chromic acid 15 cc.

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After sublimate fixation the best stain is Bensley's ('11) neutral gentian. The copper-chrom-hematoxylin method also gave good results. Intra vitam staining with Janus green and neutral red aided materially in studying the fresh primordial follicles under the 3 mm. immersion lens. The blastodiscs of mature and fertilized ova were studied and usually drawn in the life. They were kept in the Patterson stage incubator ('09) in a mixture of physiological salt solution and egg albumen, and observed with a Zeiss binocular. Continuous observations could be made by this means of stages between fertilization and the completion of the first cleavage if proper precautions were taken to prevent chilling the egg. For the first three hours and probably for much longer the development is perfectly normal.

In studying the yolk spherules of the younger oocytes the ovarj^ was fixed for twenty-four hours in warm neutral formol (10 to 15 per cent) or in a 15 per cent solution of formol in 2.5 per cent aqueous potassium bichromate. After washing, free hand or frozen sections were made, stained in a saturated solution of Sudan iii in 70 per cent alcohol, counterstained with a weak alcoholic solution of methyl green, and mounted in glycerine.




Attention has already been called to the relation between the chalazal and embryonic axes in the eggs of the hen and pigeon and the matter is considered in detail in section VI. The general character of the relation in the pigeon is shown in diagram I.

Diagram I A polar view of an incubated pigeon egg ('yolk') showing the relations between the embryonic and long (chalazal) axes. The end of the egg which was directed toward the blunt end of the shell, where the air chamber is always found, is toward the left. The end which passed down the oviduct first, with the 'cloacal' chalaza (c.c.) attached, is to the right and the head of the embryo is away from the observer; c.c, cloacal chalaza.

The essential feature is that when the end of the egg opposite the air chamber of the shell is held to the right, the head of the embryo is away from the observer. The chalaza at this end is frequently heavier, double, and more firmly attached than the other; it is in fact the chalaza which is formed first, since the end of the egg to which it is attached goes down the oviduct first. This chalaza may accordingly be called the 'cloacal chalaza' (c.c.) for its end of the egg, in the oviduct and in the ovary as well, is nearest the cloaca; the other will be referred to as the 'infundibular chalaza.' It is evident that one end of the chalazal axis is different from the other with reference to the embryo, that is, the chalazal axis is definitely related to the embryonic axis of bilateral symmetry. Furthermore the chalazal axis is the longest axis of the egg. This fact has not been recognized hitherto


although it is ahuost as apparent in the hen's egg as in the pigeon's.^ The chalazal, better the ' long' axis, marks the axis of bilaterality of the ovum as a whole; i.e., but one plane, that passing through the long and polar axes divides it symmetrically. The evidence for this is not only that one end of the long axis is definitely related to the embryo, but also that one end is morphologically different from the other as is shown below, p. 289. There are then, two axes of symmetry in the incubated egg, one of the embryo, the other of the mass of food yolk, which, though they do not coincide, are definitely related to one another. Since the chalazae are laid down very soon after the egg enters the oviduct, this relation must also exist at the time of fertilization.

Evidence will be presented to estabhsh the following theses:

1 . The bilateral symmetry of the ovum as a whole, manifested by the long axis of oviducal and laid eggs, is present in ovarian eggs at all stages of development from the primordial follicle on. The long axis of ovarian eggs is the same as that of oviducal eggs (p. 294).

2. The antero-posterior axis of the embryo is predetermined in the ovary because the axis of symmetry of the blastodisc of the ovarian egg bears the same relation to the long axis of the entire ovum as does the embryonic axis in the fertilized egg and in the subsequent stages.

It remains to be seen how much farther back in the Hfe history morphological evidences of bilaterality can be found. The evidence at hand points toward the view that bilaterality as well as polarity are inherent characters of the protoplasm and persist from generation to generation.

1 Patterson's diagram ('09, p. 68) shows that he observed the long axis in the pigeon and Sonnenbrodt ('08) and Riddle give two dimensions in their measurements of oocytes in the hen but neither author attributed any significance to the matter at the time. The relations do not seem to be so constant in the hen's egg as in the pigeon's. Thus, in a series of over one hundred hen's eggs it was found that in almost one-third of the cases the head of the embryo was directed toward the observer when the pointed end of the egg was held to the right. This matter deserves further study, for it involves the question as to whether the end of the hen's egg that is to pass down the oviduct first is predetermined in the ovary as it is in the pigeon.


It should be borne in mind in this discussion that the facts are presented in the order opposite to that in which the analysis was made and so apparently trivial differences in the youngest oocytes fit into a general scheme of development and become quite appreciable during the cell's linear growth of 700 diameters.


Most workers on the bird's ovary have divided the ovarian development into more or less clearly defined periods, usually on the basis of the nuclear phenomena alone. The best of these analyses are those of D' Hollander ('04) for the embryonic stages and of Sonnenbrodt ('08) for the subsequent growth periods. The classification that has been made here is based upon the phases of physiological activity of the oocyte as a whole, i.e., the four periods described are distinguished by the different forms in which the cell organization is manifested.

The primordial follicles, the youngest oocytes found in the adult ovary, form the starting point in this discussion. They are in practically the same stage of development as the oldest oocytes of a chick two weeks after hatching or a pigeon several weeks older, and they may be considered as the final stages of the first period of growth after the differentiation of the oocyte as such. This period, in the case of the primordial follicles, involves a slow increase in size from 10 to SO/t and the accumulation of deutoplasm in the form of lipoid spherules. It corresponds to Sonnenbrodt's period V, in which the chromosomes stain deeply and have a characteristic thickened form.

A . The primordial follicle: (oocytes to 0.09 mm.)

The form relations of the primordial follicles can be studied satisfactorily only in the fresh condition and the following description is based primarily on the study of material dissected out of the living ovary in salt solution, usually stained intra vitam and examined with a 3 mm. Zeiss aDochromat immersion lens. The cover slip was so supported that the oocytes were not subjected




to any pressure. Under these conditions the following relations may be observed: The polar axis is marked by the peripheral position of the germinal vesicle; another axis can invariably be distinguished, namely, one perpendicular to the plane of the polar axis. This axis is also approximately parallel to the surface of the ovary and it is distinctly greater than any other axis (fig. 1). It will be referred to as the 'long axis' and its essential relation is that the polar axis lies in a plane perpendicular to it. It is found, not infrequently, that the oocyte is so oriented that the polar axis is perpendicular to the surface of the ovary as well as to the long axis and that the animal pole is also the attached pole, the vegetative, the free pole (diagram II A). This relation is neither constant nor essential, but there are many reasons for believing that it represents a typical condition.

Under the high powers (2 mm. apo. imm.) the cytoplasm appears as a suspension of various kinds of granules in a homogeneous ground substance. With the aid of vital stains, three kinds of granules can be distinguished. The most obvious are the large deutoplasmic spherules which form a cap between the germinal vesicle and the vegetative pole; this may be called the 'spherule cap' (figs. 1, 9, 11, 13, sc). The periphery of the oocyte is free from these spherules. They are highly refractive in fresh material and appear yellow by reflected light. They stain intensely with Sudan iii and are lipoid in character. At the center of the spherule cap, lying close to the germinal vesicle is a finely gran

Reference letters

bid., blastodisc C.C., cloacal chalaza c.p., central protoplasm est., cloacal end of stigma E.A., embryonic axis g.v., germinal vesicle L.A., long axis Lat., latebra

L.A., long axis .F.A., polar axis

N.A., nuclear axis

o.p., posterior margin of outer periblast

P,A., polar axis

p.p., peripheral protoplasm

S.C., spherule crescent

St., stalk of follicle

s.ov., surface of ovary

S.Z., spherule zone

y.n., yolk nucleus

.v.. 4. and E.A., nuclear and embryonic axes





Diagram II Showing the development of the oocyte, and axial relations. A, Primordial follicle of 50^ in side view showing the relations of long and polar axes; B, the same in polar view, showing the relation of the long (ooplasmic) axis to the nuclear axis; and the relation of the germinal vesicle to the long axis; C, Oocyte of 0.6 mm. Beginning of period of differentiation. Side view. The germinal vesicle is near the center of the oocyte but nearest the animal pole and nearer one end of the long axis than the other. The spherule zone lies between the central and peripheral protoplasm. D, Oocyte of 3.0 mm. End of period of differentiation; side view. The germinal vesicle is at the periphery; the latebra has appeared and is eccentric in position. The zone of peripheral protoplasm has become narrow. ^, mature ovarianeggof 20 mm. End of the final growth period. Side view showing the long and polar axes and the eccentricity of the latebra. F, Oviducal egg in polar view showing the relation between long axis and the embryonic axis as indicated by the shorter axis of the blastodisc.


ular region (yji.) which stains intensely with neutral red, intra vitam; this is the yolk nucleus, part of which at least, is derived from the germinal vesicle and may be considered as cytoplasmic chromatin or 'chromidial substance.' Spherule cap and yolk nucleus, by their position, emphasize the polar axis, which is defined by the eccentricity of the germinal vesicle (fig. 1 and its legend.) The mitochondria form the third kind of granulation and they alone stain with the Janus green. They differ markedly in shape and size from the mitochondria of the follicle cells and of all other cells in the ovary, in being smaller and apparently spherical in shape. Most of the workers on the bird's ovary have either noted or figured the structures that have been mentioned, excepting the mitochondria which are dissolved by all the ordinary fixing fluids. No one however has discussed the question of polarity, doubtless because it seems to be indeterminate (see p. 288).

Two authors have figured primordial follicles in the fresh condition; Waldeyer ('70) and Coste ('47) in his atlas (second 'Poule' plate, fig. 3). This figure is somewhat diagrammatic but it illustrates a constant feature of some interest; viz., the position of the germinal vesicle, nearer one end of the long axis than the other so that the polar axis, instead of bisecting the long axis, cuts it nearer to one end (fig. 1). This means that morphologically the primordial follicle is bilaterally symmetrical ; one end of the long axis is different from the other with reference to the germinal vesicle. This long axis is the same as the chalazal axis (p. 294) and it will be remembered that one end of the latter is different from the other with reference to the embryo. The extent of this second eccentricity of the germinal vesicle varies somewhat in different ovaries as may be seen in figure 1 and the photographs, but it is almost invariably distinct in direct side views and polar views.

There is another feature of the primordial follicles which is clear in many ovaries though not in all, but which is very suggestive. The large germinal vesicle is not spherical but elliptical and is so inclined to the long axis of the oocyte that the polar view appears as is shown in figure 1^4 and diagram II B. It is obvious that this nucleo-cytoplasmic relation is the same as that between the em


bryo and the whole ovum in the incubated egg (diagram II B and F) . It is difficult to convince one's self that this relation is of general occurrence, for there are many technical difficulties involved. No confidence can be placed in preserved material and it is not easy to study the fresh oocytes from all angles under the immersion lens; the difference between the two diameters of the germinal vesicle is rarely more than one micron, and it is not apparent except in direct polar views. Still it was possible to observe some oocytes in this way, and in one ovary, where the conditions were especially favorable, it appeared that the angle between the shorter axis of the germinal vesicle and the long axis of the oocyte was relatively constant. This matter is discussed in Section VI, page 299, where it is shown that the same holds true for the angle between the embryonic and chalazal axes. The long axis is definitely related to the embryonic axis of symmetry and it has been shown that it marks the axis of bilaterality of the primordial follicle. If we look upon the elliptical shape of the germinal vesicle as an expression of bilaterality also, we have a basis here in this nucleo-ooplasmic relation of the remarkable relation between the embryo and the ovum as a whole in the incubated egg.

To sum up : Two axes of symmetry can be distinguished in the primordial follicle; (1) The polar axis, which is marked by the eccentric germinal vesicle, the yolk nucleus and the spherule cap. (2) The axis of bilaterality defined by the long axis of the oocyte with the germinal vesicle nearer one end of it. The relation of this bilaterality of the oocyte as a whole to the bilaterality of the embryo is traced in the following sections. (3) There is some evidence to justify the interpretation that at this stage the germinal vesicle has an axis of bilateral symmetry which bears the same relation to the long axis of the ovum as later the embryonic axis bears to this same long axis.

B. The second growth period: {0.09 to O.If. min.)

Sonnenbrodt ('08) has emphasized the fact that the primordial follicles of the adult ovary are in a quiescent state; indeed the


only evidences of activity between hatching and maturity are the growth to a maximum of 0.09 mm., and the accumulation of the deutoplasm of the spherule cap. When a primordial follicle begins to grow, however, striking changes occur in the germinal vesicle and the ooplasm. The chromosomes lose their thickened form, become more finely granular and longer, so that they stain more lightly, and many nucleoli are formed apparently at theii' expense (figs. 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18). In the ooplasm more spherules are laid down so that the peripheral zone becomes narrower, (figs. 13 and 17), and there is a marked increase in the yolk nucleus material (chromidial substance?), due largely, as D'Hollander ('04) and others have contended, to a transfusion of chromatin through the nuclear membrane; the striking observations of Munson ('04) are of especial interest- in this connection. Figure 14 shows the increase of the yolk nucleus in an oocyte at the beginning of the second growth period. Figure 17 shows the yolk spherules at this stage; it was taken from a free hand section stained with Sudan iii. The red stained spherules (black in the photograph) are present throughout the ooplasm except in the narrow peripheral zone and in the region occupied by the yolk nucleus which has increased greatly in amount and is beginning to spread. Figure 15 shows this spreading of the yolk nucleus material clearly. The irregular blocks and bands that may extend into any part of the ooplasm are the 'Balken' of Holl ('90). Figures 16 and 18 show later stages of this process, only one of the numerous 'Balken' appearing in the sections. In both, the individual basophile granules may be seen scattering in all directions ; eventually they become evenly distributed thrgugh the ooplasm. Occasionally the original center of the yolk nucleus may persist in later stages (fig. 20), but usually the ooplasm now comes to appear homogeneous in paraffin sections. The study of material stained with Sudan shows, however, that yolk spherules are still being laid down at the periphery of oocytes of 0.3 to 0.4 mm. Figure 19 shows an oocyte of 0.3 mm. in which the spherules are confined for the most part to a zone, sc, just inside the peripheral protoplasm. This clearing of the central part of the oocyte, defining the central and peripheral protoplasm with the yolk zone between


them, marks the beginning of the period of differentiation (see p. 286).

2. The origin of the stigma and the follicular blood supply. The characteristic 'stigma' of the ovarian folhcles in the bird has long been known, but so far as I am aware nothing has been pubUshed concerning its origin, relations or its exact role in ovulation. Since the long axis of the oocyte has not been understood either, no one has noted that the stigma is almost invariably in the long axis.

Mechanical factors seem to play an important part in the differentiation of the stigma and of the closely correlated blood supply of the follicle ; at the same time both are definitely related to the bilateral organization of the oocyte.

The stigma does not necessarily arise at a definite stage in the development of the oocyte; it is present in some primordial follicles of 50 IX and occasionally follicles of 500 /x are found imbedded in the stroma which show no trace of it. The reason for this is that the essential feature of stigma formation is the intimate association of the follicular epithehum of the oocyte with the peritoneal ('germinal') epithelium, and this association is conditioned by the oocyte's reaching the surface of the ovary. How early in the embryonic history this association of epithelia may take place has yet to be studied, but it is known that neither oocytes nor folhcle cells develop directly from the superficial layer of the ovary, 'les cellules indiferentes superficielles' of D'Hollander ('04), so it can hardly come about until the folhcle is formed and the oocyte begins to grow. It has already been said that the oocytes are so oriented in the stroma that the long axis is approximately parallel to the surface of the ovary. Accordingly, when the follicle reaches the surface, the fusion first occurs in the great circle of the long axis and an elongate area of fusion is soon formed, the longer diameter of which coincides with the long axis of the oocyte. This appears in figures 3 and 4 where the region free from capillaries indicates roughly the area of stigma fusion. Coincident with the apposition of the two epithelia there is a flattening out of the germinal epithehum. A correlation is established here, between the long axis, itself a manifestation of the egg organization and the other elements of the ovarian folhcle,


to form the stigma, which, as will be seen, plays an important part in the orientation of the ovum in the oviduct. Figure 11, taken from a median longitudinal section of an oocyte 83ju in long axis, shows the close approximation of the follicle and epithelial cells; in the whole stigmal area of this oocyte only a few isloated stroma cells were to be found between the two epithelia. The study of many ovaries shows that the stigma is formed accurately in the long axis of the oocyte; the Y-shaped and branched stigmas found in many of the follicles of certain ovaries have their main axis in the long axis of the oocyte and actual deviations from this condition are rare.

In the majority of cases the oocytes come into contact with the germinal epithelium during the second growth period, (0.15 to 0.4 mm.) and the stigma is formed at the free pole. The latter frequently coincides with the vegetative pole of the oocyte, as in all of the figures, but, as has been said, this is not essential for normal development; the polar axis may lie anywhere in a plane perpendicular to the long axis and so be variously related to the surface of the ovary. Nevertheless the condition indicated in diagram 2 is the. typical one, for it is the one found normally in mature oocytes whatever may have been the condition in the earlier stages. The factors which bring about the 'typical' conditions in all oocytes that mature will be discussed in the following section (p. 288).

2. The blood supply of the follicle. The development of a distinct blood supply, i.e., the differentiation of a theca vasculosa usually begins soon after the formation of the stigma. The capillaries in the cortex of the ovary course about irregularly between the primordial follicles, as may be seen in figure 2. As the oocyte grows, it projects farther and farther from the surface and owing to the outgrowth and anastomosis of fine branches from the pre-existing vessels, the network becomes finer over the bulging surface (figs. 3 and 4). At the same time there is a proliferation of stroma tissue over the whole surface, except in the region of the stigma, where such growth is inhibited as appears in figure 15, which shows a cross section of a stigma (si.) Two layers can now be distinguished in the connective tissue follicle: a very


delicate continuous layer, the theca folliculi, closely applied to the follicular epithelium, and an 'outer loose theca vasculosa which develops hand in hand with the capillary plexus. The theca vasculosa is absent, naturally, in the region of stigma fusion, for here the delicate outgrowths of the capillaries do not penetrate. Figures 5, 7, and 34 show how sharply the stigma is defined in injected material.

The character and development of the blood vessels in the theca vasculosa is illustrated in figures 3 to 7 and 31 to 34, all of which were taken from whole oocytes cleared in creasote. During the second growth period the vascular network comes to invest the entire oocyte except the stigma which extends along the free pole and up toward the attached pole at either end of the long axis, thus dividing the vascular theca into halves which are symmetrically placed with reference to the long axis (figs. 4 A and B, and 5.) So it comes about that the stigma, which differentiated with reference to the long axis, in turn plays a part in determining the bilateral arrangement of the blood supply. During the succeeding period of differentiation the bilaterality of the blood supply of the follicle is accentuated by the appearance of a median artery and vein on either side, which lie, roughly in the plane of the polar axis, i.e., perpendicular to the long axis (figs. 6 and 7, and the intermediate stages, figs. 31 to 34). The arrangement of the blood vessels, illustrated in figures 7 and 33, is typical of that found in the subsequent stages, although an outer set of vessels, which develops during the final growth period, makes the bilateral arrangement less obvious, as the larger oocyte in figure 37 shows.

The bilaterality of the blood supply is of interest because it plays a part in the preservation of the bilaterality of the ovum as a whole during the final growth period, when the living ooplasm is confined to the region of the blastodisc and to a delicate film of protoplasm over the periphery of the oocyte.

To summarize: The long axis appears as an expression of the bilateral organization of the oocyte. It determines the position of the stigma and together they determine the bilaterality of the blood suppl}^ which helps to insure a bilateral deposition of


food yolk. Thus one of the main features of the bilateral structure of the mature ovum is determined. The position of the germinal vesicle nearer to one end of the long axis determines the other, as will be shown below.

C. The period of differentiation: {O.4 to 5 mm.)

As the oocyte grows from three to four-tenths of a millimeter and the yolk spherules are laid down only at the periphery, the germinal vesicle remains relatively stationary in position, so that it comes to lie nearer and nearer to the center of the cell (compare figures 14 to 17, 19 and 20). During the ensuing stages this process is continued as figures 21 to 23 show. Does it ever become quite central in position? This is a matter of theoretical importance and, since the evidence from paraffin sections cannot be relied upon, it has been decided by a study of creasote preparations of entire oocytes and by the use of thick free hand sections. Figure 6 is from an oocyte drawn in creasote and in this, as in all oocytes studied, the germinal vesicle was nearer one pole, the animal pole. This is the only stage at which there could be any question as to the eccentricity of the germinal vesicle and the fact that it is always nearer one pole, defining the polar axis perpendicular to the long axis, completes the evidence that we are dealing throughout development with the same polar axis. If the germinal vesicle migrated about in response to external forces it should be possible to find cases in which it is quite central. Such cases are not found and this agrees with the statements of all recent workers on the bird and reptile ovary.

The appearance of the oocyte during the earlier stages of the period of differentiation is shown in figures 21 to 23. The first, from an oocyte of 0.51 mm. stained with Sudan III, illustrates the position of the sperule zone (sz) near the periphery. The next period of growth does not involve the deposition of yolk spherules and so the peripheral protoplasm becomes wider. Somewhat later, in oocytes of about one millimeter, another zone of spherules is laid down and this is the first evidence of the periodicity in yolk formation which characterizes the final growth period (Riddle, '11). In oocytes from 0.5 to 0.8 mm. (figs. 22 and 23),


two ooplasmic zones may be more or less clearly distinguished, the central and peripheral protoplasm of authors. At this time when the germinal vesicle is still near the center of the oocyte, the first definitive yolk granules (white yolk) appear, as the photographs show.

Now as the oocyte continues to grow, the germinal vesicle begins to migrate peripherally along the polar axis to the animal pole (figs. 24 and 25). This is no* wandering of the germinal vesicle to the best nourished region of the cell as Sonnebrodt seems inclined to think; the path to the periphery is predetermined, for the polar axis is never changed. The migration begins in oocytes of about 0.9 mm. and the germinal vesicle is usually quite peripheral when they have reached a diameter of 1.5 mm. Shortly after the beginning of the migration ver}^ fine yolk spherules appear in the central protoplasm so that they are again present in all parts of the ooplasm except in the peripheral protoplasm.

During this period characteristic changes occur within the nucleus which have been best described by Sonnenbrodt ('08) for the hen. So far as my examination goes, I can confirm his descriptions for the pigeon in most particulars. It may not be out of place to say that in every oocyte I have studied it was possible to demonstrate the chromosomes or their morphological equivalents.

At any given time one finds in an ovary about twelve, rarely more, oocytes from 2 to 5.5 mm. in diameter. The growth at this stage is due chiefly to an increase of the fluid content and a periodic deposition of yolk granules in the central protoplasm, while the peripheral protoplasm grows thinner and thinner (compare figures 27 and 8 from oocytes of 2.5 and 3.2 mm. respectively). In figures 26 and 27 the path of the germinal vesicle to the periphery is marked by a trail of fine reticulum and in the latter the region that surrounded the germinal vesicle during its stay near the center of the oocyte is clearly defined by the smaller yolk granules. This whole flask-shaped area (lat) is the anlage of the latebra. Its position was determined by that of the germinal vesicle and accordingly it is near the animal pole and nearer one end of the


long axis. This eccentric position of the latebra plays an important part in the orientation of the ovum in the oviduct as will ap])ear below (p. 292).

4. The zone radiata and the rotation of the oocyte. One of the reasons whj^ the polarity of the bird's egg has not been understood hitherto, is that in the period now under discussion all possible relations are to be found between the follicle with its long axis and stigma, and the polar axis of the oocyte. In the preceding and the subsequent stages the relations are constant. Thus in the former practically every follicle shows the polar axis perpendicular to the long axis and many have the animal pole coinciding with the attached pole (diagram II, p. 279). During the final growth period also, the conditions shown in diagram 2, E are found almost invariably; i.e., the long "axis of the oocyte is identical with the stigmal axis of the folUcle and both are perpendicular to the polar axis, the animal pole being at the attached pole of the follicle. How does this come about? It might be supposed that only those folUcles in which the 'typical' conditions exist, enter upon the final growth period, but this is not so; for the final growth of the oocyte is not dependant upon the relation of the oocyte to its follicle. The facts are these: Oocytes less than a millimeter in diameter usually show the 'typical' relations. After the germinal vesicle has begun to migrate peripherally all possible relations may be found between the oocyte and its follicle, (fig. 7 shows an extreme case). During the final growth period the 'typical' relations are again found, this time almost invariably. The explanation was first suggested by some experiments which showed that, in the later stages, the oocyte as a whole is free to rotate within its folhcle. A bird with growing oocytes was tied down on its back for twenty-four hours; when the abdominal cavity was opened it was found that the germinal vesicles occupied the highest points in the folhcles viz: the free poles, and yet the structure of the eggs was normal. The polar axis is therefore not influenced by gravity, as some authors have implied; the oocyte as a whole simply orients itself with reference to gravity. In applying these data to the stages in question the following facts must be borne in mind: The oocytes are lying in


the ovaiy in all possible relations to the direction of the force ot gravity and as the germinal vesicle migrates peripherally many of them are subjected to an increasing strain by the force of gravity, since the cell is growing larger and the animal pole is constantly growing specifically lighter than the vegetative pole. If the strain in these oocytes were to be released by the formation of a lymph space, so that they could rotate within their follicles, they would naturally swing into various positions according to their locations in space (fig. 7) . At this very time a structure arises which may be interpreted as such a lymph space; it is the zona radiata which is formed apparently from the follicular epithelium. No method of showing that the rotation takes place between the follicular epithelium and the vitelline membrane was found: the evidence rests solely upon the fact that rotation first appears after the zona radiata has been formed, and upon the absence of any other structural condition that would permit rotation. The striations of the zona would, according to this interpretation, be intercellular bridges extending from the follicle cells and they would offer no obstacle to the freedom of rotation.

This freedom of rotation of the oocyte within its follicle is a matter of importance, for whatever may have been the axial relations in the earlier stages, those shown as typical in diagram 2 are eventually estabhshed through its agency. As soon as the final growth period is initiated and yolk is accumulated, the follicle becomes large enough to hang down freely into the body cavity; then its highest point is the middle of the attached pole where the blood vessels enter. The oocyte now orients itself along lines of least resistance, the animal pole, i.e., the germinal vesicle with the anlage of the blastodisc come to lie at the attached pole of the follicle and the long axis of oocyte and follicle becomes perpendicular to the polar axis. The laying down of yolk with reference to the polar axis is controlled by the ooplasm, but the follicle, in large measure, determines the long axis, though the peripheral protoplasm may also play a directive role. This orientation of the oocyte makes it possible for the original long axis which determined the follicular long axis, to persist during this period when the great bulk of the oocyte is made up of inert


yolk, in the case of those oocytes in which such conditions as are shown in figure 7 existed during the later stages of the period of differentiation. There are many oocytes in which the 'typical' conditions hold throughout the entire development.

D. The final rapid growth period

The ovary of an adult unmated pigeon has normally fi-om six to twelve follicles in the terminal stages of the period of differentiation, from 3 to 5.5 mm. in long axis; never any larger ones. That is to say, the process of rapid yolk secretion which characterizes the final growth period is initiated by the stimulus of mating. The same holds true for birds that have reared young; the stimulus is received when sexual activity is resumed after the young leave the nest. The only theory that will account for all the observed facts is that the initial stimulus is psychic in character; the bird may be mated with another female, with a bird in another cage, or even with her caretaker, and yet lay eggs. This statement is based on Professor Whitman's extended observations in breeding pigeons, and, needless to say, it is easy to tell when a bird is mated from her behavior. Harper ('04, p. 4 ss.) Corresponding to the wide experience that pigeons never lay more than two eggs at a sitting, one usually finds in an active ovary two follicles, differing slightly in size, which are distinctly larger than the rest. When the stimulus is received these two begin to grow, one always keeping a few millimeters larger than the other. Occasionally, (in 6.2 per cent of a total of 261 cases), it happens that three follicles mature at the same time, one of them larger than the other two; a condition which is considered on p. 294; it should be noted that an arrangement of follicles in sets in the hen has been observed by Patterson ('10, p. 105). In the course of about eight days the oocyte grows from 5 to 20 mm. in long axis, the definitive size being relatively constant for the eggs of a given bird. The average is about 20 mm., long axis, 18 mm., polar axis, and 18.5 mm. for the third axis perpendicular to these two ; but the eggs obtained from one bird averaged

' See also W. Craig, Oviposition induced by the male in pigeons. Jour. Morph., vol.22, p. 299, 1911.


16.7 by 14.7 by 16.3 mm. The details of this final period of rapid yolk secretion have been described by Loyez ('05-6), Riddle Cll) and others; suffice it to say, that the yolk is laid down concentrically so that the long axis is preserved and the latebra retains its eccentric position. Figure 38 shows the conditions in an oocyte twenty-four hours before ovulation; the end of the long axis which was directed toward the cloaca is toward the right and it is obvious that the latebra is nearer the other, 'infundibular' end. In oviducal eggs the outlines are no longer so clear and often the eccentricity of the latebra is only represented by an extension toward the infundibular end of the long axis as is shown in figure 39 which is the cut median surface of an oviducal egg (see also description of the figures). In laid eggs the softening of the yolk and transfusions make the relations much less distinct than in the earlier stages.

2, Correlations in the reproductive apparatus. As has been said usually but two oocytes enter upon the final growth period together. Shortly after the initial stimulus has been received in the ovary, the oviduct becomes highly vascular and increases in size. In one bird that was studied the larger follicle was 9.1 mm., less than one-half the definitive size, the oviduct with its fimbriated infundibulum was about one-fourth the maximal size and both funnel and glandular oviduct were in peristalsis. In another instance, where the larger follicle was 13.2 mm. (in long axis), the second 8.2 mm. the oviduct was almost full size and the active funnel was wrapped about the larger follicle. The correlation of ovarian and oviducal activities is presumably due to the presence of the internal secretion of the ovary in the circulation. It may be said in this connection that the interstitial cells of the ovary show much greater signs of activity in functioning ovaries than they do in ovaries from birds that had not laid for a long time.

The whole reproductive mechanism is delicately balanced and there are interesting physiological problems here still to be worked out. How is it, for example, that the funnel is attracted to the follicle, and that it, eventually, always clasps the larger one, though in the early stages of the final growth period it may, rarely, be found about the smaller? What determines that usually but two follicles mature at a time and that never more than two


eggs are laid? How comes it that yolk secretion, and other factors are so regulated that ovulation is closely correlated with the nuclear maturation phenomena?

To discuss ovulation and the method of orientation it will be necessary first to consider the relation between mature follicle and oviduct. If the reproductive apparatus of a bird be studied two to twenty-four hours before the rupture of the first follicle is due, the following conditions are found : Oviduct and funnel are in active peristalsis, the latter is closely wrapped about the larger follicle, endeavoring so to speak, to swallow it. Under such conditions the follicle is obviously oriented along lines of least resistance, and accordingly its long axis coincides with that of the oviduct and approximately with antero-posterior axis of the bird. One end of the long axis of the follicle is therefore directed posteriorly, toward the cloaca, and this may be termed the cloacal end of the egg. It will be remembered that, in the incubated egg, the cloacal end of the egg is definitely related to the head of the embryo (diagram I, p. 275) and since the anteroposterior axis of the embryo is determined before ovulation, it follows, when the method of orientation and ovulation is taken into account, that this cloacal end of the long axis is predetermined in the ovary. Figure 36 is from a ventral view of a pair of foUicles about twenty-four hours before ovulation. In the larger one the stigma appears in the long axis of the follicle, and the long axis extends antero-posteriorly with reference to the bird. The funnel (inf.) contracted in preservation and is seen on the left side of the bird.

How comes it that one end of the long axis is found nearer the cloaca? The explanation appears when a mature follicle is removed from the bird and suspended at the center of the animal pole in an albumen solution of the density of that which fills the body cavity at the time of ovulation ; it is found that one end of the follicle is heavier than the other, and this is due to the eccentricity of the latebra (fig. 38) whose position nearer the infundibular end of the long axis is due, as will be remembered, to the corresponding position of the germinal vesicle in the early stages. The cloacal end of the ovum, i.e., the end which goes


down the oviduct first, can therefore be traced back to the primordial foHicle. The chief factor, then, in the orientation of the follicle is the fact that the egg is heavier at one end of the long axis and, in the normal position of the bird, this end gravitates toward the cloaca. In some cases the position of the ovarian stalk corresponding to that of the latebra may also help in the orientation, but this not a constant feature. The orientation of the follicle in the oviducal axis is due, in the pigeon, primarily to the activity of the funnel; its pressure from without, together with the ever increasing pressure from within, i.e., from the continued yolk secretion, are the main factors in the rupturing of the follicle.

The pressure due to yolk secretion is considerable as may be judged from the way in which the egg bulges out when the rupturing of the follicle begins and also the observation that the egg is over a millimeter in diameter greater after ovulation than the whole follicle was before.

The funnel can exert considerable pressure, for its wall is muscular and it is attached anteriorly by part of the dorsal oviducal ligament to the left body wall and posteriorly by the ventral ligament to the ventral margin of several coils of the oviduct. Miss Curtis ('10) has clearly brought out these latter relations in the hen and made several illuminating suggestions on ovulation. She describes a 'pocket' formed by the body wall, the left abdominal air-sac and the intestine with its mesentery on the right side, surrounding the ovary. The mouth of this pocket is occupied by the funnel. These relations undoubtedly play a part in the orientation of the follicle and ovulation, and decrease the possibility of the egg escaping into the body cavity. In the pigeon however, I believe that the peristaltic action of the funnel and the yolk secretion are the principal factors in orientation and ovulation, for all these other conditions may be modified by keeping the bird on her back during ovulation and still the ovum succeeds in entering the oviduct.

The orientation may take place in the course of two and a half to three hours, which is the time that elapses between the laying of the first egg and the rupture of the second from the ovar}^



assuming that the funnel is inactive while an egg is in the 'uterus.' The evidence for this is that in a dozen or more cases studied in which the first egg was in the uterus, the funnel was not found about the second follicle and no peristaltic movements were observed in it. This is supported by the fact that in the hen, where there are normally several large follicles, Patterson ('10) found the funnel inactive while there was an egg in the uterus. As has been said above, three follicles occasionally mature in the pigeon. In two such cases the following conditions were found. The first egg was laid normally and that night the bird was killed. The second egg was in the oviduct, but in addition a third one was found just ruptured from its follicle and in the base of the funnel. This indicates that the funnel remains active for some time after ovulation, but considering that there is no record of a pigeon having laid more than two eggs at a sitting, it seems probable that after an egg enters the 'uterus,' an antiperistalsis ejects any other that may be in the oviduct. In one of the cases referred to, the orientation of the follicle in the funnel probably did not take over an hour.

Another important factor in the orientation of the ovum in the oviduct is the way in which the follicle ruptures. The stigma, it will be remembered, extends in the long axis along the free pole of the follicle and so its cloacal end lies at the base of the funnel where this passes over into the glandular part of the oviduct. It will readily be seen that the cloacal end of the stigma is therefore the one part of the follicle where the pressure from within is not balanced by any pressure from without. Now when the various pressures become great enough, the rupture begins at the cloacal end of the stigma (a statement based on the study of over two hundred recently ruptured follicles); usually before the tear has extended along more than 10 mm. of the stigma, the ovum has been squeezed out of the follicle, mainly by the rapidly contracting wall of the latter, and lies at the base of the funnel. The escape of the ovum through an opening one-half its own diameter — I have watched this several tim^s — indicates the elasticity of the extremely delicate vitelline membrane (chorion) and the flexibility of the ovum. In spite of this distortion


the moment the ovum is free it assumes the elongate form it had in the folHcle. Eggs newly ruptured from the ovary clearly show the long axis perpendicular to the polar axis and we are dealing with the same long axis in both cases for it is possible to remove a mature follicle from the bird, carefully tear the cloacal end of the stigma, and, under the most favorable conditions for observation, watch the process of ovulation. The long or chalazal axis of the oviducal egg is not, therefore, the result of pressure from the walls of the oviduct, but is the long axis which has persisted from the primordial follicle stage.

As the ovum is entering the glandular portion of the oviduct the walls of the latter attach to the cloacal end a small button which is part of the chalaziferous albumen, and when the whole ovum has entered, the infundibular chalaza is formed at the opposite end of the long axis. Usually the first formed ('cloacal') chalaza is the heavier and it is almost always firmly attached to the egg membrane, while the infundibular chalaza is sometimes represented only by the 'button.' The long axis is now also the 'chalazal axis.'

A word may be said here with reference to the relation of the maturation phenomena to ovulation. No careful study of the maturation spindles, sperm nuclei or pronuclei has here been made, but, so far as I have gone, I have seen nothing except confirmations of Harper's excellent account of these cytological details. The breaking down of the germinal vesicle occurs between six and eight hours before ovulation and usually the processes continue up to the metaphase of the second maturation division, while the oocyte is still within the ovary; they do not proceed any further unless fertilization takes place. The evidence for this is as follows: Three of the eggs obtained at the moment of ovulation were sectioned and the second maturation was found to be just at metaphase; further, eleven eggs taken shortly after ovulation, i.e., eggs found at the beginning of the glandular part of the oviduct were all in the final stages of the second maturation division; finally, it happens occasionally that a folhcle fails to rupture within three or four hours of the usual time of ovulation, (8 p.m.) and in these instances also, the equa


torial plate stage of the second maturation spindle is found. It may be said of the pigeon's egg, then, as of every other well established case in the vertebrates, that the egg does not proceed beyond the metaphase of the second maturation unless it be fertilized. It agrees also with most (perhaps all?) vertebrate eggs in that normally the first polar body is given off in the ovary, and ovulation takes place while the second spindle is in metaphase. I have no explanation to offer for the definite relation between the breaking down of the germinal vesicle and ovulation. Taking all the data into consideration, however, it would seem that the maturation processes begin soon enough so that they may progress as far as the middle of the second maturation and rest there until the yolk secretion and the other factors have brought about the rupture of the follicle. The latter may take place during the first maturation, judging from the fertilized egg figured and described by Harper, '04, figures 6 and 6a, still I am convinced that the account given above describes the usual course of events, since Harper's is the only similar case that has been found.


A. Origin

The only reference in the literature to the origin of the blastodisc in the bird's egg is, so far as I know, Coste's ('47) surmise that it arises from 'le contenu granuleux' (the spherule cap, p. 277, ss.), but the observations of Agassiz and Clark ('57) on the turtle egg are of value in connection with the conditions described here. It has been shown that the spherule cap of deutoplasmic granules is used up during the period of differentiation of the oocyte (p. 286). The first traces of a blastodisc appear toward the end of this period of development, when the oocyte is about 2 mm. long axis (in life), and when the germinal vesicle has begun to flatten out against the follicular epithelium. Figure 26 shows a longitudinal median section of an oocyte in this stage and figure 28 is from the animal pole of the same oocyte more highly magnified. It will be noted that the reticulum, the spaces of which


represent vacuoles in life, shows a finer meshwork about the germinal vesicle than elsewhere. These smaller vacuoles surround the germinal vesicle (g. v.) symmetrically on all sides, except where it adjoins the peripheral protoplasm and from this area the blastodisc is differentiated. The same conditions may be observed in figure 27 in which, however, the germinal vesicle has been distorted by compression in sectioning. The development of the blastodisc symmetrically about the germinal vesicle and the coincident changes within the latter indicate that the former differentiates in close association with the germinal vesicle and lend support to the suggestion made above that the nuclear axis of bilaterality is transmitted to the blastodisc. In figure 27 the deeply staining yolk granules, which are present throughout the cell except in the peripheral protoplasm and the latebra, are small in the neighborhood of the germinal vesicle (g. V. ) ; they remain as the characteristic granules of the blastodisc. Throughout development they remain connected with the typical white-yolk spheres by all possible transitional forms and are to ,be looked upon simply as deutoplasm in a form that can be immediately assimilated by the protoplasm. This 'digested' yolk persists only about the germinal vesicle, characterizing the blastodisc. Fig. 8 is from an oocyte with a clearly defined anlage of the blastodisc surrounding the germinal vesicle, which in Hfe has the form of a biconvex lens. Centrally, and at the peripheral margin, the blastodisc merges with the bed of white yolk, the intermediate zone being the anlage of the central and marginal periblast of Blount ('09), the finely granular region about the germinal vesicle giving rise to the segmental disc (see figs. 35, 40 and 43 for the regions in the mature egg). By this time the peripheral protoplasm has become narrower, less so over the blastodisc than over the rest of the periphery (fig. 29).

Oocytes at the end of the period of differentiation, i.e., in the resting stage before the final rapid growth, have the blastodisc well developed; all the definitive ooplasmic structures are laid down. Fig. 7 shows the blastodisc of such an oocyte in oblique surface view, from which aspect the germinal vesicle appears circular. A median but obhque section of the same oocyte (fig.


29) also shows the blastodisc regions, and in adjoining sections a broad connection can be traced between the central periblast and the latebra. The photograph shows an additional feature: just below the peripheral protoplasm is a layer of deeply staining granules, (wdg.) extending from the marginal periblast to the germinal vesicle {g. v.). This layer of granules appears wedge shaped in sections of later stages and will be referred to as the 'wedge' (wdg.), although actually it forms a broad collar, thicker peripherally, about the germinal vesicle. The granules of the wedge are characterized by being somewhat larger than the neighboring granules and by their strong affinity for basic dyes. xVt its central margin the wedge is continuous with a layer of basicstaining but much smaller granules which form a thin stratum over the germinal vesicle except at its outer edge where they form a thickened rim. From their subsequent relations these have been termed the polar granules (fig. 29, p. g.). Both groups can be traced through the succeeding stages, and during maturation and fertilization they are shifted about by cytoplasmic currents so as to form configurations which are among the clearest evidences of the bilateral organization of the blastodisc. These granules take the violet in the neutral gentian stain as intensely as do the nucleoli and the granulations within the yolk spheres, differing in this respect from the rest of the granules of the blastodisc, as appears clearly in figures 29 and 30, 40 and 41.

B. The blastodisc during maturation and first cleavage

For lack of space at the present time the detailed description of the succeeding stages must be reserved for a later publication. The evidences of bilaterality in these stages are essential for the general thesis here maintained and will be briefly summarized. About two days before ovulation the periblastic zones which characterize the mature egg are established, first posteriorly, then anteriorly. A surface view of a blastodisc in this stage is shown in figure 42. This is the first direct morphological evidence that the blastodisc of the oocyte is bilaterally organized. It shows beyond question that the embryonic axis as such exists in the ovarian egg and establishes the validity of the reasoning from the


evidence in the ovarian history which independently led to this conclusion.

After ovulation and fertilization, i.e., between the second maturation and the first cleavage, the whole blastodisc gives evidence of its bilateral organization by a progressive change in shape which can be followed in the living egg. At the time of ovulation, which usually takes place when the second maturation spindle is at metaphase, the segmental disc and periblastic zones are circular, so far as can be seen. After fertilization they gradually become elliptical, so that the antero-posterior diameter is shorter than the right-and-left, as may be seen in figures 35, 36 and 43. A periblastic ring which appears at this time gives further evidence of the bilateral organization of the blastodisc. The most striking manifestation of bilaterality, however, is within the segmental disc itself. The granules forming the 'wedge' are gradually moved from the anterior side of the segmental disc and form a crescent around its posterior margin. This movement can be followed in the living egg and will appear clearly if figures 40 and 41 be compared. The changes that take place between these two stages have been worked out in detail and will be published shortly.


The long {or chalazal) and embryonic axes

It has been seen that in the incubated egg, two axesof bilaterality can be distinguished:

1. The embryonic axis.

2. The axis of bilaterality of the ovum as a whole, which is defined by: (a) the long axis of the ovum; (b) the position of the latebra nearer one end of the long axis.

The relation between these axes is shown in diagram I, and its development is illustrated in diagram II. The essential feature of this relation is that when a definite end of the long axis is held to the right, the head of the embryo is away from the observer. Hitherto this relation has been described as existing between the embryonic and chalazal axes, but it was shown, (p. 295), that the long axis is the primary one, since it determines


the chalazal axis when the egg is oriented in the funnel. A word should be said here with reference to the chalazae. Normally they are attached to either end of the long axis, but sometimes this attachment is irregular. Patterson ('09, p. 68) found this to be the case in 8 per cent of the eggs ; however he included in this category, cases in which only a button is attached to the infundibular end of the egg, and no chalazal thickening appears. There are other cases in which the chalazae are not attached to the ends of the long axis, i.e., in which the long and chalazal axes do not coincide. I observed six such out of 299 eggs, namely 2.2 per cent. Considering the mechanical factors involved in the orientation in the oviduct, this much abnormality is to be expected. Accordingly, the results described here on the relation of embryonic to long axis may be compared with those on its relation to the chalazal axis which are given by the previous workers who overlooked the long axis.

Blount ('09) and Patterson ('09) are the only authors who have made statements with regard to the relation between the embryonic and long axes in the pigeon. The latter author states that the angle between them is 45 degrees in 90 per cent of the cases. No estimate of the probable error was given in the method of measurement that was used, which was to orient the egg under the binocular so that the chalazal axis was parallel to the base line of a square ruled micrometer scale in one ocular, then to note the position of the embryo, and derive the angle. There are several sources of error in such a method and the observations were further hampered by the fact that many of the measurements were made on primitive streak stages. (It should be noted that the angles given by Patterson are the complements of those given here.) The method used in this study was to remove the shell in salt solution, noting the relations of the smaller end of the shell, the heavier chalaza, and the air chamber, for the two former mark the end of the egg which went down the oviduct first and are invariably opposite the air chamber. After it had been noted that the long and chalazal axes coincided, the base of a protractor was laid parallel to them, and without moving the head, a slip of glass 3 mm. wide was moved over the protractor so as to coincide



with the embryonic axis and then the angle was read at the center of the glass slip. The probable error in measuring was found to be from two to three degrees and in the measurements the average of three determinations was taken.

The series of measurements so made showed that there is much greater variation than has been supposed in the pigeon's egg, but that it is not so great as Rabaud ('08) found in the hen's egg (see footnote p. 276). This variation is not due to any change of angle as the embryo develops, for in the eggs of a given bird

Diagram III A polar view of an incubated egg illustrating the extremes of variation in axis angles in the pigeon. Complete inversion (180 degrees) involves other factors and is not a simple variation, so it is not considered here.

the average of angles measured after thirty-six to forty-eight hours of incubation was the same as after eighteen to thirty-six hours. The same conclusion was reached by Rabaud for the hen's egg after a series of direct observations. Most of the observations recorded here were made on embryos from three to twelve somites. All workers have mentioned a certain amount of variation, even to 180 degrees. In the pigeon, only four such cases of complete inversion have come to my attention; one was observed by Dr. Patterson one by Dr. Blount and two by myself; that is, four out of more than six hundred careful observations showed that that end of the long axis which is usually the infundibular one, went down the oviduct first. Aside from these, the extremes of variation observed were 8 degrees and



135 degrees. A curve, (diagram IV) based on all the eggs I studied, viz., 299, taken from eighty-two different birds, shows that these extremes are rare. Four modes appear in the curve, at 50, 70, 80 and 90 degrees. This suggests the most interesting condition that has appeared from this study of axis angles; namely, that the relation between embryonic, and long axes is far more constant for the eggs of an individual than for eggs obtained from different birds — a maximum variation of 50 against 127 degrees. Table 2 shows that most of the eggs laid by a given bird have almost identical relations, when one remembers that five degrees is a very slight variation under such conditions as these :



NO. 3
















































It appears that there is one grouping of the eggs of no. 3, about 100 and another about 125 degrees. The fact that it is so exceptional to find a pigeon's egg in which the axial angle is greater than 90 degrees makes the case all the more striking. The record of no. 2 shows that her eggs occasionally had the axis angle greater than 90 degrees; among the eggs of the other eighty birds studied, only twelve of the remaining 287 had angles of 90 degrees or more. The variation in no. 4 is more typical. In the curve, (diagram IV) 66 eggs obtained from the two birds whose axis angles were constantly greater than 90 degrees, are omitted; the dotted line at the right shows the curve with these eggs included.



This constancy of the axis angles in the eggs of a given bird gives further support to the thesis that has been maintained throughout this paper, namely that this relation of axes is determined by factors which are themselves expressions of the bilateral organization of the egg; that is to say, the organization expresses itself in a most constant fashion in the eggs of a given bird. If


Diagram IV Two curves illustrating the variability in the relation between the embryonic and long axes in the pigeon egg. 'A ' was plotted from observations on 299 eggs. They were grouped in 5 degree classes and the number of eggs in a class is plotted on the ordinates, the angles on the abscissae. There are three modes in the 'normal' curve (see text), at 50, 70 and 90 degrees. The broken line at the right represents the angles of the eggs laid by two birds whose norm was above 90 degrees. B (the heavy line) is a curve plotted in a similar way from observations on 59 eggs in stages previous to the third cleavage. The angle measured was between the shorter axis of the blastodisc and the long axis of the ovum. The similarity of the two curves is obvious.

this be true, the nucleo-cytoplasmic relation (diagram II B) in the younger oocytes of a given ovary should correspond to the axis angles in the eggs laid by the same bird. The ovaries of only two of the birds in which a norm had been established, were studied; one was no. 2 mentioned above, the other a bird whose


eggs ranged about 70 degrees. In the ovary of the* former many oocytes were found in which the nucleo-cytoplasmic angle was clearly 90 degrees or more, while the majority of the oocytes of the other had an angle less than 90 degrees. This meager evidence may be taken for what it is worth, for obviously the personal factor might find expression through various channels in such a study. Another possible line of evidence in this regard is the study of the axis angles of the eggs laid by the offspring of a bird previously studied. Experiments with this end in view are now in progress. The heavy line B in diagram IV is a curve plotted from the angles observed between the short axis of the blastodisc and the long axis of the whole ovum, in stages previous to the third cleavage. The similarity between the two curves makes it practically certain that the short axis of the blastodisc is the antero-posterior axis, especially when one bears in mind the large body of evidence which goes to show that the anterior end of the embryo is predetermined in the ovary.

Three conclusions may be drawn from these observations on axis angles:

1. The essential feature of the relation between the embryo and ovum as a whole is the fact that the embryo bears a different relation to one end of the long axis than to the other.

2. The eggs of a given bird vary much less as to their relation between embryonic and long axes than do the eggs of different birds.

3. The short axis of the unsegmented blastodisc is identical with the antero-posterior axis of the embryo.


A. Bilalerality in vertebrate ova

The fact that a fundamental character like bilaterality appears during the ovarian history in so highly specialized a form as the pigeon, suggests the possibility that in the vertebrates as in the insects the antero-posterior axis of the embryo is predetermined in the ovary. The suggestion is strengthened by the striking manifestations of bilaterality which Conklin ('05) describes in


the fertilized eggs of the ascidians. It will be of interest then to consider briefly the evidences and indications of bilateral organization that have been found in vertebrate eggs.

Myxinoids. The ovarian eggs of Bdellostoma have been described as being bilaterally symmetrical, their shape corresponding somewhat to that of many insect eggs. Dean ('99) denied this for ovarian or newly laid eggs, but it must be remembered that the question is complicated here, since the eggs are subjected to a great and rapid change in pressure when they are collected. The possibility exists that the antero-posterior axis of Bdellostoma may arise in the ovary.

Selachians. The selachian egg presents many striking resemblances to that of the bird, as is to be expected, since these two, together with the reptilian egg are the most extreme types of meroblastic ova. The segmental disc in the selachians, as in the birds, is surrounded bj^ a periblast; in the latter Riickert ('92) found evidences of bilateral symmetry while the egg was still in the ovary. He described in Torpedo an extension of the marginal periblast surrounding the blastodisc and projecting down into the yolk mass. This 'Mantel' showed considerable variation in form, but it was found to be constantly deeper and more sharply defined at one side of the disc than the other. In some eggs this structure could be traced from late stages of ovarian eggs, through the fertilization and cleavage stages, and rarely to the time of gastrulation when it appeared as if the deeper side of the 'Mantel' were posterior. Riickert pointed out the significance of this yolk configuration, if it were differentiated along the antero-posterior axis, but he did not consider his evidence as adequate to warrant a definite conclusion. I may say that I have found similiar conditions in the eggs of Raja ocellata. The variation in these axial relations is to be accounted for as follows : The relations are only expressions of the bilateral organization, not the organization itself; and so the expression varies in different eggs, but is relatively constant for the eggs of a given bird. The relations may be modified by other factors in development but the bilateral organization is nevertheless present; in


other words, these relations simply give evidence that such an organization exists.

It may be then that the selachian and bird's eggs agree not only in that the axis of bilaterality appears in the ovary but also in that the first clear evidence of the bilateral organization of the blastodisc is found in the marginal periblast. This is the only instance that has come to my attention in which definite morphological evidence was found indicating the ovarian origin of the axis of bilateral symmetry in a vertebrate.

Teleosts. Several authors have noted that the blastodisc of teleost eggs is thicker on one side than on the other; Oellacher's (72) figure 17 indicates that this difference exists before cleavage begins, i.e., that the thickening of the blastodisc after the laying of the egg is more rapid on one side. Agassiz and Whitman, ('85) and Kowalewsky ('86) consider this an antero-posterior differentiation, the thicker being the posterior side, though nothing is said of continuous observations to confirm this. It is quite possible that here as in the Amphibia fertilization initiates the appearance of the axis of bilaterality.

Amphibians. Many workers, notably Roux, Brachet ('05) and Schultze ('99) , have shown that the amphibian egg is bilaterally organized previous to cleavage. This organization expresses itself in a definite movement of the superficial pigment granules so that a gray crescent appears at the posterior side of the egg, the center of the crescent marking the position of the blastopore in later stages. It seems unlikely, from what is known of other eggs, that the point of entrance of the spermatozoon determines the axis of bilaterality, as Roux has maintained ; bilaterahty manifests itself, independently, after the stimulus of fertihzation has been received. While the copulation path may determine the plane of the first cleavage, both may be quite independent of the axis of symmetry, as Brachet's work has clearly shown. The arrangement of^the different kinds Of yolk seems to be radially symmetrical, and how far the bilateral configurations of pigment granules described by Van Bambeke ('76) in the toads' egg are related to the bilaterality of the embryo and how far they are due to the mitotic forces, which here seem to be independent, remains to


be seen when these eggs are sectioned with reference to the gray crescent.

Reptiles. The statement of Will ('93, p. 15) that in the gecko egg the long axis of the embryo is approximately perpendicular to the longest axis of the entire ovum is strong evidence that conditions similiar to those described here exist in that egg. The early appearance of the antero-posterior axis of reptiles is suggested through the analogy of the bird's egg, by the fact that most workers on the early stages have found the blastodisc more or less elliptical in shape.

Birds. Coste ('47), Kolliker ('76), Duval (in his atlas) and Patterson ('10) have figured surface views of the hen's egg in precleavage and early cleavage stages. In every case the segmental disc, the inner periblastic zone and the periblastic ring are shown and Kolliker figures a narrow outer zone about the latter. With one exception these zones are drawn circular, but Patterson's figure 13 shows them elliptical and the shorter axis of the ellipse formed an angle of 90 degrees with the oviducal axis and coincided therefore with the embryonic axis. It is probable that in the hen's egg the bilaterality is not so clearly manifested by the change in shape of the blastodisc as is the case in the pigeon's egg. As has been said above, the orientation in the hen's egg seems to be less constant, but the matter needs further study.

Mammals. The definite orientation of the embryos of various mammals with reference to the chorionic vesicle and the uterus suggest that here too the antero-posterior axis may be traced to an early stage of development.

B. Summary

See diagram II, p. 279

A definite relation exists in the pigeon's egg between the axis of the embryo and the long axis of the ovum.

Both the embryonic and the long axis are present in the ovarian egg, that is, the antero-posterior axis of the pigeon is predetermined in the ovary.

The ovarian history may be divided into four periods in each of which the oocyte exhibits a characteristic organization.


(1) The first growth period, the final stages of which are presented by the youngest oocytes in the adult ovary — the primordial follicles. The primordial follicle has a bilateral structure which can be traced through the ovarian history and which is marked primarily by the fact that the polar axis intersects the long axis nearer to one end.

(2) The] second growth period, during which" the bilateral symmetry of the oocyte is impressed upon the connective tissue follicle which in turn plays a part in the preservation of the symmetry of the oocyte as a whole during the subsequent growth. The germinal vesicle comes to lie nearly but not quite at the center of the oocyte, its eccentricity marking the polar axis which is constant throughout oogenesis. Two ooplasmic zones are differentiated: central and peripheral protoplasm.

(3) During the period of differentiation the germinal vesicle migrates peripherally, its path determining the position of the latebra, which as a result of the corresponding position of the germinal vesicle in the preceeding stages, is nearer one end of the ooplasmic long axis. The Anlage of the blastodisc appears about the germinal vesicle. The oocyte becomes free to rotate within its follicle, probably as a result of the formation of the zona radiata.

(4) The final growth period is initiated by the stimulus of mating and in the course of it the great mass of yolk is laid down in such form that the eccentricity of the latebra is preserved.

Data have been obtained on the character of the process of ovulation and the orientation of the egg in the oviduct. The position of the latebra nearer one end of the long axis determines which end of the egg shall pass down the oviduct first and the activity of the infundibulum and other factors orient the follicle so that its long axis coincides with the oviducal axis.

The blastodisc is formed symmetrically about the germinal vesicle and the segmental disc and periblastic zones can be distinguished by the end of the period of differentiation. The embryonic axis first appears unmistakably in the formation of the periblast in the mature ovarian egg. During the final stages of the second maturation, at the time when fertilization has normally


taken place, the antero-posterior axis is expressed by the oval form of the blastodisc and by granule movements in periblast and segmental disc. The most characteristic of the granule configurations is a crescent formed about the posterior side of the segmental disc by certain granules ('the wedge') which are differentiated very early in the history of the blastodisc. These granules are deutoplasmic in character and their arrangement with reference to the bilaterality of the embryo is due to activities within the living substratum, that is, the ground substance. The essential feature of the relation between the embryo and the long axis of the ovum is the fact that when that end of the ovum which is predetermined in the ovary to pass down the oviduct first, is held to the right, the head of the embryo is directed away form the observer. The actual angle between embryonic and long axes is subject to much greater variation than is generally supposed, but it is relatively constant for the eggs laid by a given bird.

C. Conclusions

If the evidence here offered that the structure of the primordial follicle determines the end of the egg which shall pass down the oviduct first, and that this end is definitely related to the embryonic axis of symmetry be accepted, the conclusion is warranted that the structure of the primordial follicle is a manifestation of the bilateral organization of the oocyte. In other words, the antero-posterior axis of the pigeon is defined at least as early as the stage of the primordial follicle.

The conclusion that the relation between the embryonic axis and the long axis of the entire egg is an expression of the bilateral organization of the ooplasm is also supported by the fact that this relation is much more constant for the eggs of a given bird, than for eggs obtained from different birds.

An explanation of the relation between the long axis of the entire ovum and the axis of the embryo is suggested by a corresponding relation found in many young oocytes between this same long axis and the axis of the germinal vesicle, especially



when it is borne in mind that the blastodisc from which the embryo arises is differentiated under the direct influence of the germinal vesicle.

The fact that in the pigeon the polar axis persists unchanged throughout the growth period of the oocyte, and the fact that there is a polar axis in the earliest stages of the germ cells of all vertebrates which have been described, indicate that the polar axis persists unmodified from generation to generation in the vertebrates and is one of the fundamental features of the organization of the protoplasm. The facts here presented may be taken as evidence that bilaterality appearing as early as it does in development, is likewise an expression of a fundamental character of the protoplasm.


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a.o., anterior margin of outer periblast

bid., blastodisc

bz., boundary zone of central protoplasm

cap., capillary

cl., cloaca

f.e., follicular epithelium

g.v., germinal vesicle

inf., infundibulum

i.pbl., inner periblastic zone

mg.dc, margin of segmental disc

lat., latebra

m.a., median artery

vi.v., median vessel

o.a., anterior margin of outer periblast

o.p., posterior margin of outer periblast phi., periblast pbl.r., periblastic ring p.g., polar granules p.r., polar ring p.p., peripheral protoplasm S.C., spherule crescent s.d., segmental disc St., stigma S.Z., spherule zone lU., 'uterus' wdg., wedge y.n., yolk nucleus



1 Camera drawings of living primordial follicles in median optical section; Zeiss 3 mm. apoch. imm. objective, ocular 6, 480 diameters. (In polar V4ews the germinal vesicle is projected into the median plane. ) The conditions illustrated in diagram 2 are shown here; in each case the long axis was pai'allel to the surface of the ovary and the germinal vesicle was nearer one end of it. A and B are from ovarian cortex studied in warm salt solution. A. Oocyte, 57 x 43/x, polar view, showing the nucleo-ooplasmic relation. The follicular epithelium (f.e.) surrounds the oocyte. B. Oocyte, 70 x 63;u, side view. The clear region central to the germinal vesicle indicates the position of the yolk nucleus, which lies accurately in the polar axis. C, D and E are from an ovary injected intra vitam with neutral red and Janus green. The yolk nucleus granules were stained deep red and appear solid black in the figure. The mitochondria are not represented but they appeared as very minute granules arranged in fine strings. In this ovary all the primordial follicles had the long axis relatively much greater than the other two and the germinal vesicle was markedly nearer one end of the long axis. On the other hand the difference between the two axes of the germinal vesicle is hardly noticeable. C and E show a condition that is not uncommon, namely that the polar axis does not bisect the yolk nucleus (y.n. ) and as is usually the case there are more spherules at one end of the long axis. C. Oocyte, 67 x 52/i in side view showing the granules of the yolk nucleus (y.n.). D. Oocyte, 78 x 58/x polar view; g.v., germinal vesicle; f.e., follicular epithelium; s.c, spherule crescent. E. Oocyte, 75 x 53m in polar view; y.n., yolk nucleus.

2 to 7 Camera drawings illustrating the development of the follicular blood vessels. From the outset the arrangement is bilateral with reference to the long axis. All magnified 100 diameters. Zeiss 16.0, oc. 6. Studied and drawn in creasote as solid objects.

2 Blood vessels of the cortex of the ovary around the primordial follicles. Portion of an adult ovary injected with india ink, fixed insublimate-acetic-formol, cleared and drawn in creasote. The heavy circles represent the follicular epithelium of the oocytes, (f.e.) the fine wavy lines the walls of the capillaries, (cap.) and the dotted lines, the germinal vesicles (g.v.) which are plasmolyzed.

3 Oocytes of 232^ at the beginning of the second growth period viewed from the free (stigmal) pole. The capillary network is spreading over the free hemisphere; the stigmal area is still broad, but its longer dimension coincides with the long axis of the oocyte.

4 Oocyte of 244^. yl, side view; Z?, polar view. The vascular network is spreading symmetrically with reference to the long axis, on either side of the oocyte. Other relations as in fig. 3; stigmal area (.sO.








5 Oocj^te, 400 x 376ju, at the beginning of the period of differentiation; oblique view from the stigmal pole. The vascular network completely invests the oocyte except in the region of the stigma (st.) which extends in the long axis. A direct view in the polar axis showed the germinal vesicle near, but not quite at, the center of the long axis.

6 Oocyte, 902 X 829/x. Period of differentiation. Side view showing the differentiation of the median vessel {m.v.). Note the germinal vesicle {g.v.) almost central in position but slightly nearer to the animal pole, which is up, and to the infundibular end of the long axis, to the left.

7 Oocyte, 5.47 x 5.14 mm. magnified 15 diameters, at the end of the period of differentiation, showing the stigma {st.) in the long axis, and the median artery in somewhat oblique side view. The oocyte is free to rotate within the follicle during this period and the germinal vesicle {g.v.) surrounded by segmental disc and periblast {i>hl.) lies at one end of the long axis. This is an extreme case of rotation; usually the rotation is around the long axis. Fig. 34 shows a stigmal view of this oocyte.

8 Animal pole of an oocyte of 3.2 mm. in median longitudinal section, X 100 diameters, Zeiss 16.0, oc. 6. An early stage in the formation of the blastodisc. The germinal vesicle {g.v.) is surrounded by the fine granules of the segmental disc, and this in turn by the periblast {phi.). The peripheral protoplasm {-p.p.) is now a narrow zone. At the center of the germinal vesicle is the group of chromosomes and nucleoli.





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All the figures except 17 arc from photographs of sections of ovaries fixed in sublimate-acetic-formol mixtures, cut 10m thick in paraffin and stained either with neutral gentian or with neutral safranin-saurc violett. All were taken with a Zeiss 4 nun. apochromat, ocular 4 and magnified 350 D. The germinal vesicle is plasmolyzed more or less in every case. In each oocyte the 'typical' relations of diagram 2 appear but the critical evidence for these conclusions was obtained from fresh and creasote preparations and from free-hand sections. The measurements are taken from the sections; the dimensions in life are estimated from 5 to 10 per cent greater.

9 Primordial follicle, 52 x44ju, cut in the long and polar axes, y.n., yolk nucleus, surrounded by the spherules which ai)pear as vacuoles.

10 Primordial follicle, 78 x 62yu, Horizontal section cut perpendicular to the polar axis, near the animal pole. Note the germinal vesicle nearer one end of the long axis.

11 Primordial follicle, 83 x 60yu, cut in long and polar axes and showing the stigma {si.) already formed in the long axis.

12 Primordial follicle, 88 x 72ju, imbedded in the stroma so that the stigma has not yet formed. Cut in long and polar axes.

13 Primordial follicle, 95 x 83yu cut in long and polar axes showing the relations of germinal vesicle (g.v.), yolk nucleus (y.n.) and spherule crescent {s.c.);f.e. follicular epithelium.

14 Oocyte at the beginning of the second growth period, 103 x lOOju, showing the yolk nucleus material increasing in amount.

15 Oocyte 277;u in long axis; second growth period. Cut in the polar axis, transversely to the long axis, showing the stigma (st.) in cross section and the increase of the sjjhendes (s.c.) The germinal vesicle is still peripheral and the substance of the yolk nucleus (y.n.) has increased greatly in amount and is spreading irregularly through the ooplasm.

16 Oocyte, 203 x 166m; second growth period. Cut in the long and obliquelj' to the polar axis. A later stage than fig. 15; from another ovary. The germinal vesicle is no longer peripheral and the chromidial substance is diffusing through the ooplasm.

17 Oocyte, 198 x 162m, cut in the long and polar axes. Photographed from a free hand section of an ovary fixed in formol-bichromate and stained with Sudan III. The lipoid spherules, (s.c.) apjKMir black, the light(M- central region is the yolk nucleus which is enlarging. The peripheral protoplasm (p.p.) is free from spherules.

18 Oocyte 280 x 255m; magnified 325 diameters and cut almost perjjendicular to the polar axis. The section ))asses through the center of the germinal vesicle, wliich is distinctly nearer to one end of the long axis. A cross section of one of the 'Balken' appears at y.n. and shows clearly the (lilTnsioii of the chromidial (?) granules.




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19 Oocj'te, 293 x 27(V, cut in the long and polar axes. Zeiss 4 mm., oc. 4, reduced to X 280. From a free hand section stained with Sudan in. The spherules are disappearing from the central protoplasm and one can begin to distinguish a spherule zone (s.c.) within the periplioral protoplasm (p.p.). The size relations between germinal vesicle (g.v.), and ooplasm are noteworthy in comparison with the oocytes sectioned in paraffin e.g., fig. 20.

20 Oocyte, 354 x 324 ju ; magnification as in fig. 19. End of second growth i)eriod Cut in long and polar axes. The persistence of the center of the yolk nucleus, at this stage is a condition found only occasionally.

Period of differentiation. Figs. 21 to 2.5 were taken with a Zeiss 8 mm. apochromat, oc. 2, and reduced to X 80.

21 Oocyte, 512 x 400/u, cut near the animal pole. Photographed from a fi'ozen section, 50ju thick, stained with Sudan. At this stage the spherules form a zone, (s.2.), near the periphery, but with a higher power the clear peripheral protoplasm can be distinguished. The alveolar appearance is an artefact flue to freezing. Only the tip of the germinal vesicle (g.v.) appears.

22 Oocyte, 762 x 710/^, cut perpendicular to the polar axis, showing the germinal vesicle nearer one end (left) of the long axis. The central and peripheral protoplasm (p.p.) can be distinguished with the spherule zone between them.

23 Oocyte, 786 x 762ju, cut in the long and polar axes, in about the same stage as fig. 6. At the right the section passes to one side of the stigma (sL). The spherule zone {s.z.) can be seen and in addition many large definitive yolk granules have appeared throughout the ooplasm.

24 Oocyte, 1.06 x 0.89 mm., cut in long and polar axes. The germinal vesicle has migrated peripherally out of the central protoplasm, the boundary of which is marked hz.

25 Oocyte, 1.17 in long axis, cut in the polar axis and obliqueh' to the long axis. The photograph was taken from a section nearer to one end of the long axis. The central and peripheral protoplasm and a single spherule zone may be distinguished (more clearly on the right). The definitive yolk granules are especially numerous peripherally. 6.2, boundary of the central jirotoplasin.








26 Oocyte, 1.74 x 1.44 mm., cut approximately in the long and polar axes, but much distorted in sectioning. The germinal vesicle is ])eripheral. The location of the future latebra is indicated by the finer meshwork at the center of the oocyte. Taken with a one-half inch B. and L. objective, X 40. p./;., peripheral protoplasm.

27 Oocyte, 2.5mm. in long axis (life), X 40, Leitz obj. no. 2. Cut in polar axis, pcriiendicular to the long axis and compressed from right to left in cutting. The follicular epithelium has shrunken somewhat from the theca folliculi, and there is a shrinkage tear near the germinal vesicle. The region of the latebra (lat.) is clearly defined at the center and the layers of yolk granules indicate the rhythmical formation of yolk. The stigma is shown in cross section at st.












The early development of the blastodisc

28 The animal pole of the 1.74 mm. oocyte shown in fig. 26. Zeiss apochromal S.O mm. ocular 2. X 100. The finer reticulum about the germinal vesicle (g.v.) is the first trace of the blastodisc which differentiates symmetrically about the germinal vesicle (see fig. 8).

29 An oblique section of the blastodisc of an oocyte of 5.47 mm. (see fig. 7. for surface view). Leitz objective 2. X 55. Marginal (phi.) and central periblast can be distinguished about the finely granular segmental disc. The more deeply staining wedge granules (wdg.) have differentiated at the periphery of the disc. The guide line g.v. runs to the group of chromosomes and nucleoli at the center of the germinal vesicle. P.g., polar granules. A narrow break on the left separates the wedge granules from the peripheral protoplasm. Final stage of period of differentiation.

30 The blastodisc of an oocyte 8 mm. long axis in life. Beginning of the final growth period. Magnification as in fig. 29. The wedge (ivdg.) extends from the periblast to the germinal vesicle and the group of polar granules at the edge of the latter is well marked at p.g. Note the abrupt transition of the periblast into the surrounding bed of white yolk; there is only a trace of a marginal periblast in this egg.







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31 Follicle 1.1 mm. in long axis. X 15. The focus was changed during the exposure so as to show both the upper surface and the median optical section. The attached pole is up, the long axis extends right and left. The median arteries (m.a.) appear on either side of the long axis (the upper one only is in focus.)

32 View of the stigmal pole of an oocyte 2.3 mm. in long axis, showing the two median arteries ending at the stigma, the boundaries of which do not appear clearly. X 15.

33 Side view of a follicle, 5.1 x 1.7 x 4.8 mm. X 8. Focus on upper side and on median plane, to show the bilateral arrangement of the median artery (m.a.) with reference to the long axis.

34 Oblique stigmal pole view of the 5.47 mm. oocyte shown in fig. 7. There are no capillaries in the region of the stigma (si.)

35 Surface view of the blastodisc of an ovum taken from the middle third of the oviduct at 11 p.m. and photographed by reflected light in the fixative (sublimateacetic-formol. X 6.6. Fragmentation stage of the segmental disc (s.d.), i.e., an early stage in the copulation of the pronuclei. The disc and periblastic zones are clearly elliptical, phl.r., periblastic ring; o.p., posterior margin of outer periblast.

36 Oblique surface view of the segmental disc of an egg taken from the middle third of the oviduct at 11 i).m. and photographed by reflected light in the same fixative as fig. 36, with one tube of a Zeiss binocular, obj. ao., oc. 2. X 15. The egg was in a slightly later stage than that shown in fig. 35 and the higher magnification brings out the fragmentation clearly.

37 Two follicles, a day before ovulation, in situ. A trifle larger than natural size. Tlic long axes of the follicles are oriented in the antero-posterior axis of the biid. The median longitudinal section of the larger follicle is shown in fig. 37; c.l, cloaca; uL, 'uterus;' inf., infundibulum.














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'.',U A photogr.'ipii siniii.Mr to I he onesliown in fig. .'JS, from an oviducnl egg taken Iwenly-six hours after ferf iliz.-it ion, showing the common tyf)e of latehra of ovidiical eggs. 'I'he section did not cwi. the hhistodisfr exactly in the center and so I he i nf iindilnil;! r e\l ension of t he l;i I el)i;i(loes not .'i ppe;u', hut- it is i ndic;i t ed hy t he arrangement of the surrounding layers of yolk. When this is considered and allow.'ince is made for- the; (iracking of the yolk at the infundibular end, the center of t he latelna is '2 mm. lu-arer this end of the long axis, 'i'he hole iii the yolk at t he right was tn;iilc liy t he pin i n si •!■ ted to mai'k t he cloacal end of I lie egg when it, was obtained.

40 A photograph of a p.aras.agit t ;d section of the bLaslodisc of an oocyte, 17. S x 10.!) X lli.!t mm,, taken .about liti hours before; ovulation, fixed in sublimateacetic and stained with neutral gentian. Leitz obj. .'{, X 5(). The 'wedge' granules lirdf/.) for-m ,a collar' around and tapering tow.aid t hegernunal vesicle ((/.p.), which is immedi.ately suiT'ounde<| by the polar granules, {pjj.). o.r/. and o./>. mark t he .anterior .and posterior iTi.argins of t lie oiilei' peribl.ast ic zone of t he blastodisc. II .\ i)liotogra,i)h of ;i par.asagilt-al section of ,aii egg with the first: ch^avage spindle formed, taken from t he enliji-iice to t he shell gl.aiid at 1 1 cm., lixed in siiblimate-acet ic and stained with neutral geidiaii. Leit/obj. .'i, X IN. The wedge {ivilij.) is clearly delirKMl posteriorly and absents anteriorly, 'i'he peribl.astic ring, {phl.r.) is of the diffuse type.

42 Siirf.a-c(^ view of tiu; bhistodisi- of an oo(\yl:(! removed from its follich; about forty-five hours before ovul.ation would have (x^curred A copy of a <lrawing m.ade from I lie living ovum. X H). At I he cent(u- is the germinal v(>sicle U/.v.), wilJi 1\h' mn-rowopa(pie (white) zone of polar granules ((;f. (ig. 10, p.i/.) . The segmental disc is circular and appears light ; at its outer margin tlu; t r:insi)aretit (dark) inner p(M-il)last ic zone ii .phi.) is different iat ing. At t he outer margin of t he periblast a,re light spots wliicli icpresenl groups of peiiblastic gr.aiiules. 'i'hese liav(! not. yet, appear-ed ariterioi'ly at <t.o. The a-iitero-posterior axis iiuii(;aied by this differtmce in the struct rire of the periblast formed an angle of ().'") to 70 degrees to I, he long axis of I he oocyte.

4;{ Thesiirf.ace view <if the bl.isl odisc of a feit ili/.ed egg taken from the infundibular' t liird of t he oviduct and dr.avvn aft(M' one arul one ([uart-er hour's of irrciiba,t ion. Abagniiied ten t imes. ,\ copy of one of a sei'ies of dr'awings of t he li\'ing (>gg showing the I' ion of the |)eribl;isl ic I'ing (phl.r.) (vL lig. .'35).




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Since describing several irregularities of chromosome distribution in this family ('09 and '10), I have been seeking further information in regard to the origin of such irregularities. I expressed the view ('09) that these irregularities probably arose by the large idiochromosome breaking up into two, three, four, or five elements. While I had no authority for believing it, I looked upon these changes as recent ones, and hoped to find a species in which such a change was taking place. During the past summer, I made a collecting trip through the West and South. A study of this material has thrown some doubt on this view. I have five species of Sinea (diadema, rileyi, confusa, complexa, spinipes) and they are distributed from Massachusetts to California. Four of them (spinipes, confusa, complexa, and diadema) show the same number and size relations of the chromosomes and the same type of distribution as Sinea diadema (Payne, '09). From this fact it would seem that both the number of chromosomes and the type of distribution existed before the genus split up into these four species and before it became distributed over such a wide area. Otherwise it is rather difficult to explain this constancy in number and behavior of the chromosomes in the four species. On the other hand a study of the chromosomes of Sinea

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rileyi, which presents a type of distribution similar to that of Acholla multispinosa, might lead us to the opposite conclusion. If there were present in the parent species a type of distribution similar to that of Sinea diadema we would have to assume a fur. ther splitting up of these chromosomes in order to reach the condition found in Sinea rileyi. Such an assumption would only complicate matters. In this case it would seem that this species split off from the parent one before any breaking up of the single large idiochromosome had occurred, assuming, of course, that a single pair of idiochromosomes was the original condition. In all probability then, the breaking up of the large idiochromosome has occurred independently in the parent species and in Sinea rileyi and, of course, may have occurred at any time since the origin of the species.

As the type of chromosome distribution found in Sinea rileyi has been described in only one other species it seems worth while to describe it somewhat in detail. Unfortunately, I have a small amount of material and it does not show spermatogonial or oogonial divisions. However, first and second spermatocyte divisions are in abundance and, I think, indicate clearly that the type of distribution is similar to that of Acholla multispinosa (Payne, '09 and '10). The first spermatocyte division (fig. 1, A and B) shows eighteen chromosomes, six of which are smaller than the remaining twelve. All divide in this division so that each secondary spermatocyte receives eighteen chromosomes. There is no definite arrangement of the chromosomes in the first division but the characteristic regrouping, found in the remainder of the Reduviidae, occurs in the second division. The twelve larger chromosomes are arranged in an irregular ring with the six smaller ones forming a hexad group in the middle. Five of these six lie in one plane while the other one lies in a different plane either above or below the five. Figure 1, D and E are pole views of this division showing the twelve chromosomes in the ring and the five which lie in one plane in the middle. Figure 1, F is the same as E, but drawn at a different focus to show the one chromosome in the middle instead of the five. Figure 1, (? is a slightly oblique view showing the hexad group. Figure 1, H is a.


side view and shows clearly the relative positions of the XandF elements. Only four of the five chromosomes show in this figure. Although no anaphases are present in my material, I think we may safely conclude, from what has been found in the rest of the family, that the twelve chromosomes in the ring divide equally, while the five members of the hexad group which lie in one plane pass to one pole undivided and the one below or above passes

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Fig. 1 Sinea rileyi Montd. A and B, metaphase plates of the first spermatocyte division showing eighteen chromosomes, six of which are noticeably smaller than the remaining twelve; C, a side view of an anaphase of the first spermatocyte division showing that the small chromosomes divide in this division; D and E, metaphase plates of the second spermatocyte division with twelve chromosomes in the ring and the five chromosomes (X element of Wilson) which lie in one plane in the middle; F is the same as E except it is drawn at a different iocus to show the single chromosome (F element) ; G is a slightly oblique view of the second division to show the hexad group in the middle; H is a side view of the second division and shows the relative positions of the A' and Y elements (only four of the five chromosomes show in this figure). X 2275.

to the opposite pole undivided. This would give two classes of spermatozoa, one with thirteen and one with seventeen chromosomes and the fertilization formula would be as follows :







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The most striking difference between the chromosomes of Acholla and Sinea is in the size relations of the idiochromosomes. In Sinea all six of them are practically the same size while in Acholla three of them are very small, two intermediate and one (the Y element) very large.

A study of the chromosomes of Pnirontis modesta Banks has revealed a type of distribution new to the family and similar to that described for Gelastocoris oculatus (Payne, '09). I have only one specimen, but I believe it shows sufficient stages to justify the above conclusion. Figure 2, A, B, and C show the spermatogonial group with twenty-five chromosomes, three of which are very small. In the first spermatocyte division (fig. 2, D and E), there are fifteen chromosomes. Again three of these are very small. Of the remaining twelve, ten are larger and two intermediate between the large and small ones. There is no definite arrangement of the chromosomes and all divide in this division so that all the secondary spermatocytes receive fifteen chromosomes. In the second division there is the characteristic regrouping found in all the Reduviidae. The ten large chromosomes form a more or less irregular ring with the two intermediate and three small ones forming a pentad group in the middle. This group was somewhat difficult to analyze on account of the small size of the chromosomes and the fact that they lie so close together. Th^ most favorable metaphases of the second division (fig. 2, F and G) show, however, that four of these five, the three small and one intermediate lie in one plane while the other intermediate one lies below or above them. Figure 2, H, the best side view obtainable of the second division, shows this one chromosome and its relative position with respect to the other four, which in this figure are massed together as one. Although no anaphases are present showing the method of this division, I think there can be little doubt, judging by the number relations in the spermatogonial and first spermatocyte divisions and also from the analogy here to the second spermatocyte divisions in the other Reduviidae, that the ten chromosomes in the ring divide equally, while the four members of the pentad group (X element), which lie in one plane, pass to one pole undivided and the other one passes un



divided to the opposite pole. This gives two classes of spermatozoa, one with fourteen chromosomes and the other with eleven, and the fertilization formula would be as follows:







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The chromosomes of PseUiodes cinctus Fabr. also deserve mention. As shown in figure 3, the type of distribution is similar to



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Fig. 2 Pnirontis modesta Banks. A, B and C, spermatogonia! divisions showing twenty-five chromosomes ; D and E, first spermatocyte divisions with fifteen chromosomes (the five small ones are the idiochromosomes); F, second spermatocyte division, showing ten chromosomes in the ring and the one idiochromosome (F element) which lies in a different plane from the other four; G, second spermatocyte division with ten chromosomes in the ring and the four idiochromosomes which lie in the same plane; H, side view of the second maturation division showing the single idiochromosome below and the four above massed together as a single body. X 2275.

that described for Prionidus cristatus and Sinea diadema (Payne, '09). The size relations of the idiochromosomes, however, are different. In Sinea all four were practically the same size; in Prionidus one was shghtly larger than the other three; while in Pselliodes the single chromosome, the homologue of the small idiochromosome (F element), is much larger than the others;


SO much larger, in fact, that it undoubtedly contains a larger quantity of chromatin than the other three combined. In this respect Pselliodes resembles Acholla multispinosa (Payne, '09 and '10).

The paper of Delia Valle ('09) again brought to the surface the question of the variation of the number of chromosomes within a given species and individual. This paper has been ably dis ^ ^ A ••^ B • • ^ C

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Fig. 3 Pselliodes cinctus Fabr. 4, oogonial division with thirty chromosomes; B, spermatogonial division with twenty-eight chromosomes; C, first spermatocyte division with sixteen chromosomes; D, side view of the second spermatocyte division, showing the four idiochromosomes as a tetrad group in the middle and the relative size of the four; E and F, metaphase plates of the second spermatocyte division, E showing the three small idiochromosomes in one plane in the middle, and F showing only the single large idiochromosome in the middle. X 2275.

cussed by Montgomery ('10) and Wilson ('10). These authors, while they admit Delia Valle has done a good service in collecting a large amount of data against the prevalent notion of chromosomal constancy, believe he has been unjust in his criticisms and that his evidence is insufficient for his sweeping conclusions. It is not my intention to discuss any of these papers, but to describe a case of apparent variation and give what I think to be its explanation.


Apiomeris crassipes is one of the Reduviidae in which we find a single sHghtly unequal pair of idiochromosomes. The spermatogonial number is twenty-four, the first spermatocyte thirteen and the second spermatocyte twelve. I made twelve counts of the first division and thirty-four of the second. These counts were made from metaphase plates which were perfectly flat and in which the chromosomes were well separated. The counts of the first division showed a range from thirteen to sixteen; one with thirteen, six with fourteen, four with fifteen, and one with sixteen. Figure 4, A, 5, C, D, E and F are metaphase plates showing these variations and I think that even the most optomistic will admit that these figures seem to show a real variation. Things look somewhat differently though when such figures are viewed from the side (fig. 4, G, H and /). These figures show clearly that some of the bodies, which in pole view appear to be chromosomes, are not really chromosomes at all but in all probability are yolk granules. At any rate, they do not behave as chromosomes and, it seems to me, behavior is about the best test for a chromosome. To be sure, chromosomes differ in their behavior and within the last few years several types of behavior have been described, but these bodies do not behave like any of the described types. The chromosomes are clearly bipartite. The granules are spherical and never at any stage show signs of constriction. They may or may not lie in the same plane as the chromosomes.

Counts of the second maturation division also show similar variations. The normal number in this division is twelve. Out of thirty-four counts, there were six with twelve, eleven with thirteen, six with fourteen and eleven with fifteen bodies resembling chromosomes. Some of these variations are shown in figure 4, J and L. Side views (fig. 4, M and A^ of these metaphases again show the granules as spherical unconstricted bodies.

I have no anaphases of Apiomeris showing conclusively that these granules do not divide, but have made some counts of the second maturatioij division in Conorhinus where anaphases are present. The normal number of chromosomes in this division of Conorhinus is thirteen, but since one of the triad group in the middle lies below the two, only twelve show. One hundred







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Fig. 4 Apiomerus crassipes. A, B, D, E and F, pole views of tlic first spermatocyte division showing an apparent variation in the number of chromosomes (the bodies marked 'g' are probably yolk granules); C, first spermatocyte division showing the normal number; G, H and 1, side views of the first spermatocyte division showing the chromosomes constricted and the spherical yolk granules; J, K and L, pole views of the second spermatocyte division showing an apparent variation in number (jf^ shows the normal number) ; M and N, side views of the second spermatocyte division, showing the granules among the chromosomes. X 2275.



and eighty-five counts gave one hundred and fifty cases with the normal number and thirty-five with thirteen and fourteen. Figure 5, A, B, C and D show polar views of such metaphases. In C and D the granules are near the periphery of the cell and perhaps in these cases would not be taken for chromosomes, E, F, G and H show clearly that these granules may lie in any plane and that they do not divide.

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Fig. 5 Conorhinus sanguisugus Lee. ^4. and B, metaphase plates of the second spermatocyte division showing a single granule (g) lying just outside the ring of chromosomes; C and D, metaphase plates of the second maturation division showing two granules near the periphery of the cells; E, metaphase plate, side view showing two small granules ; F, G and H, anaphases, side view, of the second maturation division, showing that the granules do not divide and may pass into either daughter cell. X 2275.

In these cases, then, what might be termed chromosomal A'ariation is not variation at all, but is due to the presence of yolk granules which may happen to lie in the metaphase plate. It is a significant fact that in these counts not a single one fell below the normal number. This is also illustrated in Reduvius personatus where ninety-eight counts of the first maturation division gave ninety-six with the normal number (twelve) and two with thirteen. Eighty-four counts of the second division gave


seventy-seven with the normal number (eleven) and seven with twelve. If this be a real chromosomal variation why should the variations always be greater than the normal number and never less?

I have included two figures of Gelastocoris (fig. 6, A and B) where a large number of undoubted yolk granules are present. ^ is a prophase of the first maturation division before the nuclear wall breaks down and B a metaphase plate showing how difficult it is, looking at a single cell, to differentiate between granules and chromosomes.

Fig. 6 Gelastocoris oculatus Fabr. .4, prophase of the first spermatocyte division showing many yolk granules outside the nucleus and their close resemblance to chromosomes ; B, metaphase plate, first spermatocyte division showing the chromosomes in the middle and the granules near the periphery' of the cell and also the close similarity between the two. X 860.



In a recent paper ('11) Foot and Strobell describe a chromosojne nucleolus in the oogonial cells of Protenor and also describe the origin of the two large idiochromosomes from it at the time of mitotic cell division. At the time this paper appeared, I was working on the nucleolus in the ovaries of Gelastocoris oculatus. While the two forms have some things in common there are several points of divergence. As stated, the nucleolus in Protenor is confined to the oogonial cells. This is not the case in Gelastocoris. Here it appears after the last oogonial division, in the early oocyte, and persists until shortly after synapsis. Figure 7, A is an oogonial cell in which there is no indication of a nucleolus. Figure 7, B shows an early oocyte and the beginning of the formation of the nucleo



lus. In this early stage it seems to be pretty conclusive that the nucleolus is formed by an aggregation of chromatin. This agrees with Foot and Strobell's interpretation of the formation of the nucleolus in Protenor. Figure 7, C, D and E are later stages in the development of this nucleolus. These figures show that it increases in size rather rapidly and becomes large in proportion to the size of the nucleus. This rapid growth along with the fact

Fig. 7 Gelastocoris oculatus Fabr. ^4, an oogonial nucleus showing no nucleolus is present; B, a young oocyte nucleus in which some of the chromatin is collecting together to form the nucleolus (nuc); C and D, young oocyte nuclei, showing the growth of the nucleolus; E, young oocyte nucleus showing the nucleolus at approximately its maximum size (in this case the nucleolus is not stained so intensely as in the others and eight darker bodies lie imbedded in it) ; F, an oocyte nucleus shortly after synapsis with the chromatin as doubly split threads and the nucleolus much reduced in size. X 2275.

that no chromatin is added after its beginning indicate that its rapid growth is due to the addition of something other than chromatin. Figure 7, E also indicates the same thing since here the nucleolus does not stain uniformly but darker bodies can be seen within it. In this case there are eight of these darker bodies and, while the evidence is not conclusive, it seems probable that they are the idiochromosomes and the whole structure is a nucleolus or plasmosome in which the idiochromosomes are imbedded.


So striking is the resemblance to the condition described in the growth period of the spermatocytes of Pironidus (Payne, '09) where beyond a doubt, the idiochromosomes are imbedded in a plasmosome, that this conckision seems very probable. At the time of synapsis or shortly after (fig. 7 F), the nucleolus is much reduced in size and later it completely disappears (fig. 8 B, C, D, E and F, serial sections of a single young oocyte). Foot and Strobell believe, on account of size relations, that the nucleolus in Protenor represents something more than the two large idiochromosomes. Is it not possible that here also, the nucleolus is one in which the chromosomes are imbedded and that it disappears at the time of cell division, leavong only the chromosomes? The main difference then between the nucleolus in the ovaries of Protenor and Gelastocoris is the period during which it persists.

In this same paper Foot and Strobell describe the terminal chambers of the ovaries of Protenor as differentiated into three distinct zones. They designate these zones as yl, 5 and C, A being the apex of the terminal chamber. B is the middle zone and is characterized by large nuclei which vary in form and structure and which stain intensely with chromatin stains. Zones A and C are somewhat alike, the nuclei being smaller than in zone B and staining less intensely. These same three zones have been described by other workers (Will, '85 ; Korschelt, '86, and Preusse, '95). So far all these workers agree. They further agree that the larger nuclei of zone B arise by a process of growth from the nuclei of zone A . The difference of opinion arises as to the interpretation of the nuclei of zone B and the origin of the nuclei of zone C and hence the origin of the ova. Korschelt holds that the nuclei of zone B are purely nourishing nuclei which disintegrate to form food for the developing ova, and that the nuclei of zone C arise by a continuation of the nuclei unchanged from zone A. On the other hand Foot and Strobell ('11) with Will ('85) claim that the nuclei of zone B are not all nourishing nuclei and that the nuclei of zone C arise in the main by fragmentation or amitotic division from the large nuclei of zone B.

While the end chambers in the ovary of Oelastocoris are not divided into three distinct zones, the material is very favorable



Fig. 8 Gelastocoris oculatus Fabr. .4, young oocyte just as it starts down the tube and as the cytoplasm is beginning to collect about the nucleus (the chromatin and nucleolus in this nucleus are in practically the same condition as in fig. 7, F) ; B, C, D, E and F, serial sections of the same oocyte (a little older than A) showing no nucleolus is present at this time. A, X 2275; B, C, D, E and F, X 860.



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Fig. 9 (ielastocoris oculatus Fabr. A and /?, longtitudinal sections through two terminal (•hambcrs of two tubes from the same ovary. These sections are taken from a young ovary and illustrate the gradual transition of the small nuclei of the apex into the large food nuclei and into the oocytes. They also show that the young oocytes (S) are scattered among the food nuclei and that there are not three distinct zones of nuclei as in Protenor. X 467.



for the study of the continuity of the ova from the tip of the end chamber to maturity. Figure 9, A and B are two drawings of the end chambers from a 3^oung ovary. It will be seen that both show two zones distinctly, the apex of small nuclei corresponding to zone A and the rest of the end chamber composed principally of large nuclei corresponding to zone B of Protenor. There is no distinct region, however, which can be called zone C. A few small nuclei (fig. 9, A and B) are found near the lower end of the region which corresponds to zone B and it is possible that these nuclei are the representatives of zone C, although they are not confined to a definite region as in Protenor. As to the origin of these small nuclei in Gelastocoris, I am not quite certain. I am willing to grant that they may arise by migration, unchanged, from the apex or that they may arise by fragmentation of the large nuclei. In this case it is of little concern where they arise, as the evidence in Gelastocoris proves conclusively, I think, that the ova do not arise from these small nuclei. Figm*es 9, A and B, and 10 show a number of nuclei in the synaptic stage (S) . That these nuclei in this stage are the true oocytes is demonstrated in figures 7, F and 8, ^ . Figure 8, A shows a young oocyte at the base of the terminal chamber and as it starts down the tube (similar in position to the oocyte ov in fig. 10). The cytoplasm is just beginning to form around the nucleus and the chromatin is in practically the same condition as in figure 7, F, where the double threads are coming out of the contraction phase. This clearly demonstrates that the oocyte starts down the tube shortly after the synaptic stage. Hence my conclusion that all the nuclei in the synaptic stage are young oocytes. As is shown in figure 9, B, these nuclei in the synaptic stage (S) are scattered among the large nourishing nucfei, extending up as far as the border line between the large nuclei and the small nuclei of the apex. This figure along with figure 7 shows that these nuclei undoubtedly arise by the growth of the small oogonial nuclei at the apex and hence in this form there is no break in the continuity of the cells from the oogonial stage to the fully developed ova.

While the evidence in Gelastocoris warrants the above conclusion, I by no means wish to generalize and say that this must

Fig. 10 Gelustocoiis ocuhitus Fabr. A longitudinal section thiougli the terminal chamber of a tube from an ovary in which there were eggs approaching maturity. This section shows young oocytes (5) in the synaptic stage and an older oocyte (OF) as it starts down the tube. Note the small nuclei aggregated about it. X 467.



be the case in all forms. However, it seems to me that Will, and Foot and Strobell have failed to demonstrate conclusively that the ova arise from the small nuclei of zone C. At least I do not believe they have figured uninterrupted stages of transition from one to the other and unless it be actually demonstrated that these small nuclei give rise to developing ova, it matters not so far as theories of heredity and chromosomal continuity are concerned, whether they arise by mitosis or amitosis. Further, I do not believe they have exhausted the possibility of the young oocytes being present among the large nuclei of zone B.


Della Valle, p. 1909 L'organizzazione della cromatina studiata mediante il numero dei cromosomi. Archivio Zoologica, torn. 4, no. 1.

Foot, K., and Strobell, E. C. 1911 Amitosis in the ovary of Protenor belfragei and a study of the chi'omatin nucleolus. Archiv fiir Zellforschung, Bd. 7, no. 2.

KoRSCHELT, E. 1886 Uber die Entstehung und Bedeutung der verschiedenen Zellenelemente des Insektenoviariums. Zeitschr. fiir wiss. Zool., Bd. 43, no. 4.

Montgomery, T. H. 1910 On the dimegalous sperm and chromosomal variation of Euschistus, with reference to chromosomal continuity. Archiv fiir Zellforschung, Bd. 5, no. 1.

Payne, F. 1909 Some new types of chromosome distribution and their relation to sex. Biol. Bull., vol. 16, nos. 3 and 4.

1910 The chromosomes of AchoUa multispinosa. Biol Bull., vol. 18, no. 4.

Preusse, F. 1895 tjber die amitotische Kernteilung in den Ovarien der Hemipteren. Zeitschr. fiir wiss. Zool., Bd. 54, no. 2.

Wilson, E. B. 1910 Studies on chromosomes VI. A new type of chromosome combination in Metapodius. Jour. Exp. Zool., vol. 9, no. 1.






From the Zoological Laboratory, Columbia University


I. Spathidium spat hula 349

1. Introduction 349

2. Material and methods 352

3. Morphology and physiology 354

4. Reproduction 358

5. Encystment 360

6. Observations on the life-history 361

7. Regeneration 363

8. Summary 364

II. Actinobolus radians 365

1. History 365

2. Material and methods 368

3. Morphology and physiology 369

4. Reproduction 374

5. Summarj' 375

III. General considerations 377

A. The life-cycle, senescence and rejuvenescence 377

B. Nucleus plasma-relation 381

C. Food habits 393

Literature cited 396


1. Introduction

In his Histoire Naturelle des Infusoires," Dujardin ('41) first described Spathidium as an organism cyhndrical in form, very transparent and marked with 20 to 27 dehcate, longitudinal striations; although he speaks of the obhque truncation of the anterior end he evidently observed neither mouth nor cilia in this region. Mil Her in 1786 had described a form, Leucophrys spathula, which with Enchelys gigas of Ehrenberg, Stein and




Entz, was probably synonymous with the form Spathidium discovered by Diijardin.

In the main, Ehrenberg's description taUies with that of Dujardin, differing from it only in the account of the anterior region where he found the truncated edge bordered by distinct cilia. Somewhat later, Perty, making a further study of this form, discovered that these cilia surrounded a distinct mouth.

In Sur la multiphcation des Infusoires Cilies," Maupas gave a fuller description of this interesting organism, which he called Spathidium spathula, placing it in the family Enchelinidae of the holotrichous cihates, although he considered it intermediate between the Enchehnidae and the Trachelinidae, inasmuch as it posesses a form typical of the first family but shows in the region of the mouth an approach to the structures found in the second family.

In the more primitive forms represented by Holophrys, the mouth, a simple passage in direct communication with the endoplasm, is terminal, but many gradations exist between this condition and that found in Dileptus where it is situated at the posterior end of a long narrow lobe. Intermediate conditions are to be found in Spathidium, Enchelys and Nassula; the first two possessing a slit-like opening, subterminal in position at the anterior end; while in Nassula the opening is about onethird the length of the body from the anterior end. According to Biitschli this change in position of the mouth has come about by the gradual shifting of this organ toward a ventral side until it has come to occupy a more or less central position.

In the flask-shaped body of Spathidium Maupas distinguishes a rounded posterior portion, tapering anteriorly to form an elongated neck, bearing at the truncated tip a sht-like mouth armed with trichocysts. In common with the holotrichous ciliates, the entire surface of the body is covered with cilia of equal length except in the mouth region where they are somewhat longer. In the long axis of the body, Maupas found a more or less sinuous band-shaped nucleus accompanied by numerous micronuclei.

This infusorian was found in February, 1911, in a Paramoecium culture which had been brought to the laboratory of the


City College from Van Cortlandt Park. Through the kindness of Dr.Goldfarb, some of the culture was sent to Professor Calkins who identified the form as Spathidium spathula. Because of its rarity, the peculiar and interesting nuclear changes shown, Professor Calkins suggested that I make a study of its morphological characteristics, its habits, reproductive phenomena, response to stimuli and the processes occurring in its life-history. I wish to express my gratitude to Professor Calkins for his interest in my work and for his helpful suggestions and criticisms.

Before the material came into my hands. Professor Calkins had kept it under observation for a week or more, experimenting with various food-media; he found that Spathidium was extremely sensitive to old bacteria infusions. Although Maupas states that Spathidium captures and eats all kinds of small ciliates, as for example, Cyclidium and Glaucoma, during the entire time I had it under observation, I never saw it paralyze or eat any ciliate except Colpidium, in fact it seems impossible to cultivate it without the aid of this particular form. From time to time during the past five months, I have found in the original culture containing no Colpidia, a few abnormally small Spathidia. That the organisms were not in a healthy condition was shown by their greatly reduced size and the perfectly transparent condition of the protoplasm. I am at a loss to account for the free-swimming individuals in the old culture; it may be, however, that some shght change in the environment proved sufficient to cause the emergence of the encysted forms.

In the rich cultures under observation during the first six months of 1911, if for any reason Colpidium became reduced in numbers, Spathidium encysted. It was quite possible to recover them within four or five hours by adding to the medium containing the cysts, fresh hay-infusion either with or without an abundance of Colpidium. A jar containing the original culture was left tightly covered from January 1 to January 12, 1912, upon which date it was examined. Cysts were abundant but no free-swimming forms. A small quantity of fresh hayinfusion was added and the jar was left uncovered. On January


13 large numbers of very small Spathidia were found but no Colpidia. Change in environment, therefore, would seem to account for the appearance of the small transparent individuals which have been observed in the original culture from October, 1911, to the present date.

2. Material and methods

While details of Spathidium spathula can be seen only with a compound microscope, I found the binocular much more convenient to use. From a watch glass containing daughter cells of one individual, three were selected on February 24, 1911, and each transferred by means of a capillary pipette to a separate glass dish. These dishes are 4 cm. square, 8 mm. deep and possess a central, circular, shallow cavity, the capacity of which is about If cc, or 80 drops. I have found these small dishes invaluable for this work because owing to the clearness of the glass and the gradual slope of the depression it is impossible for the organism to get into any part of the dish which cannot be brought into focus. They are also more convenient to handle than depression slides. These glass dishes were kept in a moist chamber, a large glass stender dish 10 inches in diameter and 3 inches deep.

After several trials with tap-water, pond-water and hayinfusion, the latter was adopted as the best medium, prepared according to the method of Calkins j('02) and used when twentyfour hours old. In general, the hay-infusion was used undiluted, but toward the end of the series a few drops of pond- water were frequently added with satisfactory results.

Each morning the number of divisions during the preceding twenty-four hours was recorded and one individual from each line isolated according to the following method: into one of the small glass dishes containing six drops of undiluted hay-infusion and one drop of Colpidium culture, a single Spathidium was transferred by means of a capillary pipette, care being taken to carry over as little as possible of the old medium. This ])recaution is necessary since the small quantity of fluid in the depression dish soon becomes turbid with the accumulation of


bacteria and the waste products of Colpidium, both of which are detrimental to the well-being of Spathidium. After isolating one individual from each line, the rest were kept as reserve stock. Such Spathidium stock was kept in Syracuse watchglasses and although many attempts were made to cultivate it in larger dishes, none met with success, the free-swimming forms encysting in large numbers within twenty-four hours.

All dishes used were carefully washed in hot water and dried. The pipettes were also carefully cleaned, a special one being reserved for the purpose of isolation.

Both living and prepared material were studied. Several fixing agents were tried. A saturated aqueous solution of corrosive sublimate with 5 per cent acetic acid gave the most satisfactory results; the other fixatives led to shrinkage of the cells. In making the total preparations, a quantity of Spathidia were transferred with a capillary pipette to a watch-glass containing a small quantity of the fixing fluid. They were then carried over to 70 per cent alcohol and allowed to settle to the bottom of the watch-glass. From this they were transferred to a slide smeared with egg-albumen, the alcohol coagulating the albumen and firmly attaching the ciliates. The slide was next placed for half-an-hour in a strong aqueous solution of picrocarmine and, after destaining with acid alcohol, was carried up through the alcohols to xylol and mounted in balsam. Heidenhain's iron haematoxylin and polychromatic methylen blue were also used for staining but the results were unsatisfactory.

The material destined for sectioning was fixed in sublimateacetic and carried up to absolute alcohol from which it was transferred to an absolute alcoholic solution of magenta. After fifteen minutes in the stain, it was washed in absolute alcohol. Xylol was added drop by drop to the last alcohol until a quantity equal to the amount of alcohol had been used. The material was then transferred to pure xylol. Considerable diflaculty was experienced in imbedding when the paraffin-oven was used, due to overheating the material. In transferring from the first to the second paraffin, which must necessarily be done under the microscope, it is difficult to keep the paraffin at the melting


point until the transfer is made. A method was finally suggested which entirely removed this difficulty. A small quantity of soft paraffin in a watch-glass was melted over the water bath. By means of a capillary pipette, the specimens, either individually or en masse, were transferred from the xylol to the melted paraffin. When a film hacl formed over the surface of the paraffin, the dish was dropped into cold water. The imbedded Spathidia, stained bright red, were readily located with the aid of the binocular. Having melted with a warm needle the paraffin surrounding the specimen, it was transferred to a glass slide which had been previously smeared with dilute glycerine. From a pipette of large bore, melted hard paraffin, sufficient to form a good sized drop or sphere, was squeezed upon it. The hot paraffin melts at once the congealed soft paraffin adhering to the specimen and thus embeds it in a homogeneous matrix. The sections were cut 3| microns thick and stained with iron haemotoxylin.

3. Morphology and physiology

Spathidium spathula, as Maupas describes it, is a slender flask-shaped ciliate, the rounded distended posterior end of which is drawn out anteriorly to form a long greatly compressed neck, obliquely truncated at the tip (fig. 1). The records of Dujardin and Maupas show a great variation in the size of the organism, the former quoting ISO^u to 240^ as the ordinary length, while Maupas gives 160^ as the outside limit. Of fifty individuals measured, I found the average length and width to be 110.5m and 35. 2^ respectively; the smallest measuring 73, 5^ in length with a diameter of ^1 ; the largest 157.5/i in length and 57.5m in diameter.

Maupas described the body as capable of great extension, having often observed it stretched to five or six times its normal length. In swimming, Spathidium sometimes becomes entangled in the zooglea at the bottom of the culture dish and under such conditions it often becomes greatly extended in its efforts to escape, but I have never seen it more than double its length and that only on one occasion.


Extending from end to end of 'the body are many delicate longitudinal striations, marking the Hnes of insertion of the cilia. These organs are distributed uniformly over the body and are of equal length except in the oral region where those bordering the mouth are somewhat longer. The body is covered by a thin but firm cuticle which gives it its permanency of form allowing at the same time the greatest flexibihty. In section the cuticle is seen as a pale area, bounded by a definite line surrounding the more opaque central portion (fig. 2). The p"rotoplasm immediately underneath the cuticle, constituting the cortical • plasm, appears somewhat denser than that toward the center, although there is not a distinct line of demarcation between the two areas. The entire protoplasm is finely granular.

As the animal swims rapidly through the water, rotating on its long axis, the anterior end of the body, wh'ch is extremely flexible, is in constant motion, bending upward, downward and from side to side as though feeling its way. Owing to this constant change of position, this region continually presents new aspects, as is shown in sketches of many of the total preparations as well as in figures 13 and 17. The mouth, a narrow sHt, subterminal in position, is bounded by the thickened edges of the truncated tip. Maupas thought the mouth-opening was limited to the extreme posterior part of the oblique edge, but I have found it to extend the entire length of the truncated end. The nature and extent of the mouth can best be determined during the act of feeding. Spathidium is a predatory form, swimming actively about as though in search of prey. The moment the anterior end of the body comes in contact with a Colpidium, all motion in the latter ceases. Spathidium twists and bends, its flexible body until the smaller diameter of Colpidium is parallel to the truncated edge; the mouth opens, the thickened lips surround the small ciliate which passes slowly down into the body of the captor, the entire process occupying not more than five minutes.

Small spindle-shaped bodies, which in fixed specimens appear as closely crowded fine lines, are imbedded in the thickened rim of the mouth directly underneath and at right angles to


the cuticle (figs. 3 and 12). Biitschli mentions sixteen or more club-shaped, contractile rods, which Maupas interprets as trichocysts. Without doubt the trichocyst material is located in this region, since Colpidium, paralyzed when touched by the anterior end, suffers no evil consequences by contact with any other part of the body. Three artificial methods were used to explode the trichocysts: exposure to osmic acid vapor, treatment with a 2 per cent solution of acetic acid and a solution of methyl green. After treatment with any one of these reagents, in fifty individuals examined, the cilia were found fully extended, the trichocysts being readily distinguished from the long oral ciha inasmuch as they were stiff and straight in appearance, whereas the ciha showed a wavy outline. Mitrophanow in his contribution, "Etude sur la structure, le developpement et I'explosion des trichocysts des Paramoecies" describes the presence of small bodies in the region of the nucleus which take the nuclear stain. Among these deeply staining masses he found a variety of forms, ranging from spherical granules to rod-shaped bodies, similar in structure to the typical trichocyst, and although he did not actually observe the extrusion of these particles from the nucleus, he thought it probable that the trichocyst material is of nuclear origin, migrating from the interior of the cell toward the periphery. Here by proper stinmlation the cortex contracts, the semi-fluid trichocyst material is forced out, solidifying as it comes in contact with the water. I have seen in Spathidium no deeply staining particles, originating in the region of the nucleus, which could be interpreted as developing trichocysts; neither have I found the greatly elongated trichocysts of complicated form described by Meier, Schuberg and Schewiakoff for Frontonia, Paramoecium and some other ciliates; owing, however, to the paralyzing effect on Colpidium following contact with the anterior end of the body, I think it safe to interpret, as trichocysts, the short opaque rods so plainly visible in the thickened rim of the mouth.

The mouth opens into a space, the pharynx, reinforced byparallel thickenings of the cortex as shown in figure 18. Imbedded in the protoplasm are numerous food vacuoles, the contents


in various stages of digestion. In many of the total preparations the body of Colpidium is seen practically intact (figs. 23 and 25) while in others the cytoplasmic envelope has disappeared, leaving the macronucleus, with the micronucleus lying in a depression on its sm-face, surrounded by the endoplasm of Spathidium (fig. 30). Other deeply staining bodies, varying greatly in size and number, are scattered throughout the protoplasm. Doubtless they are the remains of food particles which have been subjected during a longer period of time to the action of the digestive ferments. According to Calkins, the more conspicuous granules found in the protozoan cell are formed by the breaking down of the food particles, some of which are directly assimilated while others remain as reserve nutriment. He notes the difference in appearance of the protoplasm of a well-fed and a starved Paramoecium; that of the former showing a typical granular structure, that of the latter, the entire absence of granules. This contrast is very marked in Spathidium, the protoplasm of a well-nourished individual being densely granular, that of the starved forms appearing as a clear and almost structureless substance.

At the posterior end of the body is a large single terminal vacuole which, at room temperature, pulsates on an average of once a minute. Miiller describes two vacuoles in Enchelys spathula, one near the middle of the body, the other at the posterior end. In the species under observation, two vacuoles are sometimes seen for a time at the posterior end, but sooner or later the two coalesce in one large terminal vacuole (fig. 27). At the systole the contents of the vacuole are expelled through a minute opening at the extreme tip of the body.

.Although total preparations and sections of vegetative cells as well as early and later division stages have 'been carefully studied, the observations have yielded no positive evidence of a differentiation of the nuclear material into two structures, a micronucleus and a macronucleus. In a few instances, vesicular bodies, varying from spherical to retort-shape containing deeply staining granules, have been observed (figs. 10 and 14). The contained granules are elongated and constricted at the center


as though in process of division (figs. 11 and 15); but since these bodies occur so rarely, they cannot be reasonably considered permanent cell structures. The macronucleus, extending lengthwise of the cell, is a greatly elongated, rod-shaped body, circular in section, measuring from 4/^ to 8/x in diameter. It is coiled, twisted and folded upon itself, often attaining a length two or three times that of the body (figs. 1, 4 and 5). Although the typical nucleus is long and intricately coiled, a few exceptions were found, two of which are shown in figures 9 and 16. The former might be interpreted as indicative of beginning division; this however is not the case, since in the many division stages studied, the nucleus could always be traced as a continuous band from the anterior to the posterior cell. The macronucleus is bounded by a very delicate membrane which may be readily seen in total preparations which have been compressed by the cover-glass. Here the macronucleus, free from the surrounding protoplasm, retains its definite outline. The chromatin of the macronucleus consists of a mass of minute granules, which take an intense color in staining with iron-haemotoxylin. Surrounding the chromatin masses is a faintly staining substance which in section appears somewhat more opaque than the protoplasm of the cell. The granules in the late stages of division are exceedingly fine (figs. 21 and 22). In earlier stages, where an elongation of the cell body has taken place, but as yet no constriction can be seen, the chromatin appears as deeply stained fine threads which would seem to indicate a division of the larger chromatin granules (figs. 19 and 20). Although it is generally thought that the possession of the two types of nuclei is characteristic of the ciliates, the present observations give no evidence of this differentiation in Spathidium.

4- Reproduction


Spathidium multiplies by simple fission, the rate of division^ according to Maupas, being one division in twenty-four hoursThe" cultivation of Spathidium during two hundred and eighteen generations, showed considerable variation in the division rate. During one ten-day period, the average daily rate of division


was 3.1, the lowest rate of division for the same series for a similar period of time being 0.2 per day. Averaging the high and low division rates of the three hnes from February 24 to July 7, 1911, a division rate of 1.5 in twenty-four hours, was found.

Division of the cell and macronueleus is preceded by their gradual elongation, this continuing until the cell has nearly doubled its length, in fact in some cases the dividing cell exceeds twice the length of the vegetative cell.

The variation in form of the macronueleus in division is interesting. Sometimes it is simply folded upon itself, appearing like a single strand except at the point where the two ends separate (figs. 23, 24 and 25); again two distinct pieces may be distinguished, each one folded upon itself and the parts intertwined (fig. 26). Sometimes an exaggerated elongation of the nucleus occurs as shown in figure 27, in which it is extremely difficult to follow the coils and intertwinings.

After the elongation of the cell is accomplished a constriction occurs half-waj^ between the anterior and posterior ends, a new vacuole appearing anterior to this infolding. A little to one side of the point of attachment of the dividing cell, a new mouth is formed in the posterior cell. The position of the new mouth is best seen in the living organism immediately after division. The constriction increases until the cell and the nucleus are divided into approximately equal parts as shown in figures 29, 30 and 31, although an occasional exception is found where the larger part of the nucleus lies in the anterior cell (fig. 28).

During the process of division Spathidium swims slowly about, but during the later stages its activity increases. It not only swims more rapidly but it twists the anterior end so energeti(ially that the connection between the two cells is reduced to a delicate strand, this condition continuing for an hour or more. When the slender thread of tissue is severed, the anterior cell swims rapidly away, leaving the posterior half rotating slowly. The posterior individual is at first ovoid in form, the anterior end marked by the new mouth placed somewhat obliquely, the posterior end by the original vacuole. Soon the rotary motion ceases ; the new cell swims slowly about, increasing gradu


ally in length, while the anterior region is drawn out to form the narrow, compressed neck truncated obliquely at the tip. Although cultures of Spathidium were kept under observation from February 24 to July 7 through two hundred and eighteen generations, no conjugation was observed. Attempts were made to bring about this phenomenon by transferring numbers of Spathidium to small dishes according to the method of Calkins ('04) but without success.

5. Encystment

Encystment takes place either for the purpose of protection against conditions adverse to the well-being of the organism or for the purpose of reproduction. During a period of one month attempts were made daily to cultivate Spathidium in dishes of greater capacity than the Syracuse watch-glasses. Staining dishes 3 cm. in diameter and 2 cm. in depth proved fairly satisfactory for a short time, very few encystments occuring during the first two or three days. But although given a sufficient amount of hay-infusion and fed with a rich culture of Colpidium at twenty-four-hour intervals, every individual had encysted at the end of the fourth day. All attempts to cultivate Spathidium in dishes larger than those described resulted in encystment within twenty-four hours.

To show the process of encystment the following experiments were tried. On March 24, 1911, stock in good condition was transferred to four Syracuse watch-glasses, some of it being kept as control. To all four dishes was added an equal amount of hay-infusion prepared twenty-four hours previously. With a pipette a small quantity of the Colpidium culture was transferred to watch-glass A. To watch-glass B a quantity of Colpidium equal in amount to the culture of Spathidium transferred was added. In both cases cysts were formed within twenty-four hours. To watch-glass C and D a medium quantity of Colpidium was added. Culture C was left over night close to the window where the temperature was considerably below room temperature. In the morning every individual was encysted. Culture D was placed on the edge of the table near the radiator at 8 o'clock


in the morning. At noon one-half of the number had encysted. The control, supplied with a few Colpidium remained in good condition, no cysts being found.

The cause of the encystment of the individuals in A may be traced to a too small quantity of Colpidium plus an excess of hay-infusion, previous experience having shown that Spathidium will not flourish in a large amount of fluid. Encystment in B was due to an excess of the products of Colpidium metabolism the same result having been observed in smaller cultures of Spathidium under similar conditions. Unfavorable temperature conditions probably caused the encystment in C and D.

By the addition of fresh medium it is often possible to recover Spathidium from the cysts. At 8 o'clock one morning, hayinfusion and Colpidium stock were added to the medium containing encysted forms. The cysts were semi-transparent, the vacuole being distinctly visible. At 9.30 the contents of the cysts began to rotate. After half-an-hour, the form of the body was distinguishable. As the rotation continued, the wall of the cyst became more and more transparent and at 12.45, a portion of the protoplasmic contents was extruded beyond the cyst wall. Five minutes elapsed from the time the first portion of the cell-body appeared to the extrusion of the entire protoplasmic mass.

Upon first emerging from the cyst, Spathidium is weak and shrunken in appearance. The individual under observation remained quiet in the neighborhood of the cyst for several minutes; then swimming slowly about it paralyzed and swallowed a Colpidium within ten minutes of its emergence from the cyst. Figures 35, 36, 37 and 38 give a few of the stages described, the individual being under constant observation from 8 a.m. until

1 P.M.

6. Observations on the life-history

From a culture of Spathidium started on Februarv 24, 1911, three lines, daughter-cells of one individual, were isolated. The average number of divisions daily of the three lines during the first ten-day period was 1.6. This. was followed by a slight increase in division rate (1.7) during the second ten-day period.


In the interval between March 13 and March 23, there was a sudden and marked mcrease, the number of divisions averaging 3.1 per day. Diagram 1 was made according to the method of Calkins. The curve represents the general vitality of the three lines through 218 generations, from February 24 to July 7, 1911. Woodruff defines a rhythm as "a minor periodic rise and fall in fission-rate due to some unknown factor in cell metabolism from which recovery is autonomous" and in summing up his paper on Rhythms in the reproductive activity of Infusoria" he concludes that it is not possible by constant environmental conditions to eliminate the rhythms and resolve the graph of the multiplication into an approximately straight line." Spathidium, cultivated under constant environmental conditions except for slight variations in the temperature, showed distinct rhythmic fluctuations as indicated by the curve in diagram 1, which result is in close accord with those obtained by Gregory ('09) in a study of the life-history of Tillina magna. The decrease in fission rate, followed by the death of the series; may have been due to a difference in the salt content of the water. From February 24 to June 6 Croton tap-water wsis used, but from the latter date to July 7 spring water was substituted. After March 23 there occurred a sudden decrease in the vitality followed by high division rate from April 2 to April 30. From this time on there was a gradual trend downward as indicated in the diagram.

On June 6, the entire stock was in poor condition as indicated by the low division rate. On this date the individuals were transferred to fresh hay-infusion to which Colpidium in abundance had been added. Spathidium was sluggish and although it continued to feed, it showed no improvement. Stimulation with beef-extract was tried. At the end of an hour, one out of six had died, and those which survived showed little improvement. At the end of the second hour these individuals showed a return to their normal condition and were transferred from the beef-extiact to tap-water then to hay-infusion contaming a few Colpidia. Although the individuals were normal in appearance, the division rate remained low.


On June 17, the cultures were carried in small phials from New York to Maine. There was no opportunity to examine them again until June 19 when it was found that all except four individuals had encj^sted and all efforts to force them to emerge from the cysts were fruitless. The four surviving individuals were normal in appearance and continued to divide. On July 2, the culture was in a flourishing condition when without any apparent cause, abnormal forms appeared, many died, while among the surviving individuals the division rate was practically nil. Various stimulants which previously had produced beneficial results, as for example, beef-extract, spring water, ^, y^, ^-^oo solutions of KCl had no effect. On July 6, six individuals only remained, all of which were abnormal (figs 6, 7, 8). On July 7, three of these encysted, the remaining three disintegrating while under observation. During the remainder of the month many unsuccessful attempts were made to recover the encysted individuals and the race died out in the 218th generation.

7. Regeneration

A few experiments were made to test the regenerating power of Spathidium, but as these were limited in number and scope, no general conclusions can be drawn from them.

1. At 11.15 in the morning, half-an-hour after division, a Spathidium was transferred to a depression slide, placed upoii the stage of the microscope. With a sharp scalpel an incision was made at right angles to the long axis of the body as near the middle line as possible (fig. 32). The anterior half formed a new vacuole, swam slowly about and at 12.15 encysted. The posterior fragment rounded up, gradually elongated and assumed normal shape. It was transferred at 12.15 p.m. and although it swam actively about, coming in contact constantly with its prey, no paralysis of Colpidium resulted. It would appear therefore that either the trichocysts were functionless or had not yet been formed. If Mitrophanow's theory of the nuclear origin of these bodies be correct it seems resonable to believe that sufficient time had not elapsed since the cutting for the


development of trichocyst material. On the following day this individual had divided once and continued to do so normally during the week it was under observation.

2. The same experiment was tried ten minutes after division, resulting in the disintegration of both fragments. The failure to regenerate agrees with the results of Calkins in his experiments on Uronychia where he found the regenerating power low immediately after division.

3. Another individual was cut six hours after division, the incision being made at right angles to the long axis of the body but anterior to the middle (fig. 33). The anterior fragment rounded up, swam actively about and at the end of twenty-four hours had entirely regenerated, although it was unusually small. By the following day it had reached normal size and divided twice. The posterior fragment also regenerated and divided normally.

4. A fourth individual was cut across the long axis of the body posterior to the middle, six hours after division (fig. 34). The anterior fragment regenerated in twelve hours. The posterior fragment, small and irregular in shape, gradually rounded up, elongated and assumed normal form. After forty-eight hours, it divided and continued to do so normally during the week it was under observation.

5. Summary

(a) Spathidium spathula varies in length from 75. 5^ to 157. 5/x; in diameter from 21 ^ to 57.5ju, the average length and diameter of fifty individuals measured being 110.5m and 35. 2^ respectively.

(b) The mouth is an elongated slit, subterminal in position, extending the entire length of the truncated tip.

(c) Imbedded in the thickened rim of the mouth, are minute opaque rods, the trichocysts, which when artificially exploded, are readily distinguishable from the long wavy oral cilia. The trichocysts are used to paralyze Colpidium upon which the organism feeds exclusively.

(d) At room temperature, the single, terminal vacuole pulsates at an average of once a minute.


(e) No evidence has been found in Spathidium of a differentiation of nuclear material into a macronucleus and a micronucleus. The macronucleus, a greatly elongated cylindrical organ, sinuous in outline and intricately coiled, possesses a delicate membrane within which lie closely crowded chromatin granules, surrounded by a faintly staining substance. Division of the chromatin masses has been observed in sections of early division stages.

(f) Division of the organism is preceded by an elongation of the body and nucleus ; a constriction appears half-way between the anterior and posterior ends; a new vacuole forms anterior to the constriction, a new mouth, posterior to it and a little to one side of the median line of the dividing cell.

(g) Encystment takes place under unfavorable environmental food and temperature conditions. The free swimming forms can be recovered by bringing about normal conditions of environment in respect to food, temperature and quantity of liquid.

(h) Conjugation was not observed, although numerous attempts were made to bring it about.

(i) The descendants of a single individual of Spathidium were followed through 218 generations extending from February 24, to July 7, 1911, variations in division rate being graphically represented by a plotted curve. This curve, showing the division rate of the protoplasm, illustrates the normal rhythms described by Woodruff.


1. History

Stem observed this rare and interesting organism among the filaments of fresh-water algae in standing water. His description, limited to a footnote in the second volume of '*Der Organismus der Infusionsthiere," is as follows:

Diese neue Gattung beruht auf einem merkwlirdigen Thiere, welche ich seit mehreren Jahren bei Niemegk ziemlich haufig in stehenden Gewassern zwischen der vielwurzeligen Wasserlinse beobachtete und welches ich Actinobolus radians nennen will. Der Korper ist fast kugelig oder umgekehrt eiformig, am vorderen Pole mit einem kurzen



zitzenformigcn Fortsatz verschen, in dem die enge Mundoffnung licgt, und ringsum mit gleichformigen Wimpern bcsetzt. Zwischen den Wimpern stehen zahlreiche fadenformigen Tentakeln zerstreut, die sich, wie die Tentakeln der Acinetinen betriichtlich verlangern und auch spurlos in den Korper zurlickziehen konnen. Der After und ein grosser kontraktiler Behalter liegen am hinteren Korperpole. Der ziemlich lange strangformige Nuck^us ist unregelmasig zusammengekriimmt. Die Gegenwart von Mund und After schliesst unser Thier entschieden von den Acinetinen aus, denen es auf den ersten Anl)lick sehr ahnlich scheint.

The next recorded observations are those of Entz pubhshed in April, 1883. Actinobolus, found in abundance by him in June, had two weeks later entirely disappeared, not only from his cultures, but also from the pond from which his material originally came. To the facts recorded by Stein, Entz adds the following details: The mouth, situated at the anterior end of the body at the tip of a papilla-like structure, leads into a funnel-shaped gullet finely striated. These striations he interprets as folds of the cortex, finding here no differentiation into distinct solid rods, homologous to the basket-like structure found in Chilodon. The tentacles, extending outward from the entire surface of the body, he found to be of uniform thickness throughout their length, ending generally bluntly, sometimes terminating in a sharp point, but never knobbed. These organs consisted of a homogeneous substance, capable of great extension and contraction, but different from the tentacles of Suctoria inasmuch as in their contracted condition the .close spiral appearance observed in the latter, was entirely lacking.

Stein ascribed no special function to the tentacles, but Entz, although he states that he has never seen Actinobolus swallow an infusorian, often observed the tentacles closely attached to the filaments of Cladophora and other algae, the walls of which upon careful examination, appeared to be ruptured at the point of contact with the tentacles. Entz therefore concluded that the tentacles of Actinobolus ma}^ assist the animal in securing food, by the secretion of a substance from the tip of the organ, thus dissolving the cell-wall of the plant and exposing the contents to the action of the endoplasmic core of the tentacles.


As a result of these observations he considered Actinobolus an holophytic form.

Entz noted a difference between the nuclei found in old and young cells; the nucleus of the former he described as an elongated, cord-like organ, frequently broken up into spherical segments, presenting the appearance of a mass of free nuclei; the nucleus of the latter, a kidney-shaped, horse-shoe form or spherical mass of chromatin. He found, scattered among the filaments of the algae, many thin-walled cysts, within which two, infrequently four, distinct masses of protoplasm were seen rotating; He interpreted the cysts as division or reproductive cysts; the protoplasmic masses as daughter cells. At the time of encystment the following changes occurred: The organism withdrew its tentacles, lost its cilia, the protoplasm became very dense, the nucleus shortened and division of the cell followed. After fission the new individuals emerged from the cyst, taking on within a short period of time, the form of the mature cell, developing tentacles and cilia, the protoplasm again showing the characteristic foamy structure and the nucleus elongating to form the cord-like organ typical of the adult cell.

Von Erlanger, working at Heidelberg under Biitschli, was the next contributor to our knowledge of this ciliate, making a special study of the structure and function of the tentacles. He found these organs regularly arranged in the ciliary grooves extending from anterior to posterior end of the body and could trace them inside of the body in their contracted state, although he states in a foot note that Biitschli was unable to confirm his observation in this particular. In a fully extended tentacle, von Erlanger distinguishes three regions; the proximal part, thick and spherical in form, a long slender portion (both of these parts being perfectly transparent) ; and a slender opaque rod terminated by a small knob much more minute than the similar structure found in the suctorian tentacle. Fully retracted tentacles formed a peripheral row of minute rods appearing like tricbocysts found in other ciliates. Tentacles treated with osmic acid showed an extremely fine dart projecting bej^ond the knob. Like Entz, von Erlanger never saw the tentacles used to seize


prey, but because of the presence of trichocysts at their tips, he looked upon them as organs of protection.

In 1901 in his paper dealing with some interesting protozoa found in Van Cortlandt Park, Calkins records his observations on the feeding habits of Actinobolus and the functions of the tentacles. To quote: ('016, p. 50)

This remarkable organism possesses a coating of cilia and retractile tentacles which may be elongated to a length equal to three times the diameter of the body, or withdrawn completely into the body. The ends of the tentacles are loaded with trichocysts (Entz '83). When at rest the mouth is directed downward and the tentacles are stretched out in all directions forming a minute forest of plasmic processes, among which smaller ciliates such as Urocentrum, Gastrostyla etc., or flagellates of all kinds may become entangled without injury to themselves and without disturbing the Actinobolus or drawing out the fatal darts. When, however, an Halteria grandinella, with its quick jerky movements, approaches the spot, the carnivore is not so peaceful. The trichocysts are discharged with unerring aim and the Halteria w^hirls around in a vigorous but vain effort to escape, then becomes quiet, with cilia outstretched, perfectly paralyzed. The tentacle with the the prey fast attached is then slowly contracted until the victim is brought to the body, where by the action of the cilia, it is gradually worked around to the mouth and swallowed with one gulp. Within the short time of twenty minutes, I have seen Actinobolus capture and swallow no less than ten Halterias.

Thirty-five years, therefore, after its discovery by Stein in 1867, Calkins solved the problem of the function of the tentacles of Actinobolus, finding that, contrary to the conclusion of Entz, it is a holozoic form, existing exclusively on the small ciliate, Halteria.

2. Material and method

The pond water in which Actinobolus was found was brought to the laboratory from Van Cortlandt Park. Entz's observation, unverified, by Von Erlanger, that the ciliate is always found associated with suctorian forms, was not found to be crue in this case, other ciliates and flagellates abounding, but no suctoria. Entz's statement may be accounted for by the fact that Actinobolus bears a superficial resemblance to the suctorian Sphaerophrya and when at rest might easily be mistaken for this form.


Maupas found bouillon, prepared by boiling a minute quantity of flour in water, a satisfactory medium for the cultivation of infusoria. A modification of this method was adopted for the cultivation of Halteria, but owing to the rapid fermentation of the flour solution it proved unsatisfactory. After experimenting with hay-infusions of various strengths, with tap-water and with pond-water, the latter was chosen as the best medium for the cultivation of Halteria stock. The Actinobolus stock

was kept in Syracuse watch-glasses containing pond-water to which had been added a small quantity of Halteria.

Four lines were isolated on October 18, 1911, as subcultures from Professor Calkins' cultures. The same method was employed as for Spathidium culture, Halteria replacing the Colpidium as food. Both living and fixed material consisting of total preparations and sections were studied. Schaudinn's fluid, a mixture of 80 parts corrosive sublimate and 20 parts absolute alcohol, was found to be a most satisfactory fixing agent. The method used in making preparations and sections was the same as that described for Spathidium. Many attempts were made to get satisfactory permanent preparations of the tentacles. Narcotizing with chloral hydrate, killing in Schaudinn's mixture and staining for several hours in either picro-carmine or magenta gave fairly good results. Useful, though not permanent, preparations were obtained by killing in osmic acid vapor and mounting in glycerine. Living material, however, proved far more satisfactory for the study of these organs than any of the fixed preparations described.

3. Morphology and physiology

Actinobolus radians, a holotrichous ciliate, belonging to the suborder Gymnostomina, family Enchelinidae, is a small, almost spherical organism found in fresh water. The average length and diameter of twenty-five individuals measured are 5S.5ij. and 46.8ju respectively (fig. 39). Regarding the shape of the body Entz and von Erlanger disagree, Entz describing the anterior as the broader region, Erlanger stating that this portion


of the body is tapering. The difference in width between the anterior and posterior ends is slight, but becomes more marked during division when, after the cell has elongated and the constriction appears, the future posterior cell is seen to be of somewhat smaller diameter than the anterior end (figs. 55 and 56).

The anterior region of the body is drawn out to form a minute papilla-like structure, at the extreme tip of which lies the mouth. This projection is not always discernible, however, since this region is extended and retracted at intervals, a slight depression' often marking the position of the mouth.

In the living cell two clearly differentiated regions are distinguishable, a dense central region, the endoplasm, surrounded by more transparent area, the ectoplasm. In common with ciliates generally, the body is covered with an extremely thin membrane, the cuticle, the surface of which is marked by 24 or 25 delicate lines extending spirally from the border of the mouth to the posterior end of the body. These lines, which in optical section are seen to be narrow ridges, indicate the places of insertion of the retractile tentacles and the cilia, the latter arranged in small groups at the base of each tentacle. Directly underneath the cuticle is the cortical plasm, a semitransparent substance in which lie imbedded masses of highly refractive bodies which are in constant circulation. Large vacuoles form a characteristic peripheral border, while strands of endoplasm extend between the vacuoles and grade insensibly into the cortical plasm at the base of the tentacles (fig. 41).

The retractile tentacles, originating in the cortex and capable of an extension equal to two or three times the diameter of the body, are especially interesting. I have already referred to von Erlanger's work on the tentacles of Actinobolus in which he distinguishes three distinct regions; a spherical basal portion from which extends a rod-like body bearing at its distal end a sharp dart terminated by a minute knob; the basal sphere and middle portion being perfectly transparent, the dart quite opaque. After treating the animal with osmic acid vapor, he noted an extremely fine thread projecting beyond the knobbed tip of the dart. Although a very careful study has been made of


the organs in total preparations and sections, as well as in the living animal examined under the oil immersion lens, I have been unable to find the structures described by von Erlanger.

With partially retracted tentacles, Actinobolus, rotating on its long axis, swims occasionally near the surface of the water, coming to rest from time to time with the mouth downward, on the bottom of the culture dish, moored by means of the oral tentacles. Gradually the retracted tentacles elongate until, seen with the low power, the animal is apparently surrounded by a halo of short opaque rods at varying distances from the periphery of the body. By careful focussing, the opaque rods are seen to be the tips of the tentacles which can be readily traced to the cortical layer of the body. The tentacles are extremely slender organs of equal thickness throughout their length, the tip being slightly rounded, never pointed or knobbed. The opacity of the distal end is due to a mass of minute dark granules, the trichocyst material, which can be seen in circulation as the tentacle is extended.

As shown by Calkins, the tentacles are food-getting organs, Actinobolus subsisting exclusively on Halteria grandinella; often as many as four or five may be seen attached to these organs, the little ciliates being carried around one by one to the mouth and swallowed. It is a matter of conjecture as to the method by which the capture of this prey is accomplished. Calkins in his description of the action of the tentacles of Actinobolus says, ('Ola, p. 657):

The trichocyst which von Erlanger described, or its analogue (I was unable to make it out as described by Erlanger), brings down the prey, and the tentacle, by shortening, fetches it to the mouth. The tentacle itself is inserted in Halteria, for it can be easily seen with the greatest distinctness w^ien the victim becomes quiet, and I believe that the dart at the end as described is not discharged into the prey but is driven into the soft body of the victim as a minute spear, with shaft attached.

Since the tip of the tentacle is blunt and slightly rounded it seems to me incapable of piercing the cuticle of Halteria. In neither fixed nor living material have I found any evidence of a dart-like structure at the tip. The tentacles appear to


me to be fully extended soon after the animal settles down to the bottom of the culture dish, and not shot out on the approach of the prey. This conclusion is based upon many observations of the living animal under the immersion lens, in which I have seen no further elongation of the tentacles at the approach of Halteria. When fully extended, the tentacles are turgid, the ends packed with the dark granular trichocyst material. It seems probable that the impact of the soft body of Halteria against the denser protoplasm of the tentacle is sufficient to drive the latter into the body of the small ciliate, the trichocyst material, forced either thi-ough a minute pore or from the ruptured tip, paralyzing the prey. By contraction of the tentacle the Halteria is gradually drawn close to the body of its captor and worked into the mouth by the action of the cilia.

It sometimes happens that the tentacles, stretched out to a great length, become entirely detached from the body. The individual represented in figures 3, 4, 5 and 6 was under observation in a hanging drop for one hour and fifteen minutes. At the beginning of the time it was normal in appearance, swimming actively about; at the end of fifteen minutes it came to rest, mouth downward. Under ordinary conditions the tentacles are extended gradually from the entire surface of the body, but in this case, only three or four were extended, these differing from the normal tentacle inasmuch as they were of enormous length and sinuous in outline (fig. 43). At this stage Actinobolus began to rotate very slowly, the extended tentacles, all of great length, increasing in number; then swimming slowly forward, it left in its wake a long trail of cast-off" tentacles, many of which showed a worm -like motion (fig. 44) . Whether this motion was due to the independent action of the tentacles or to a motion transferred from the cilia to the trailing cluster of detached organs, I am not prepared to say. After swimming about for half an hour, Actinobolus, having freed itself of the tangle of liberated tentacles, came to rest. For some minutes the ciliary action was very rapid, but this gradually became slower and finally ceased. Within a few minutes a break appeared on the periphery of the posterior end which was followed


by complete and speedy disintegration of the cell. This phenomenon was observed on three occasions (figs. 45, 46).

Von Erlanger's statement that he was able to trace the partially retracted tentacles for a considerable distance inside the body, I am unable to verify, as I have found no evidence of the presence of these organs beyond the cortical region. Sections of Actinobolus show, scattered throughout the endoplasm, many faintly staining threads, some very slender, others commashaped, the head of the comma taking the nuclear stain more intensely (figs. 62, 63, 64, 65). Although the threads closely resemble the axial filaments of Camptonema pictured by Schaudinn, I have in no case found any connection between them and the nuclear membrane.

Maupas, looking upon the suctorian tentacle as a modified pseudopodium, traced the origin of the ciliates from the rhizopods through this group. Although bearing a resemblance to the suctorian organs, the tentacles of Mesodinium, Ileonema and Actinobolus differ radically from them in structure and function, and, according to Biitschli, appear to be independent modifications rather than organs of phylogenetic interest.

The cilia, arranged in clusters of from five to ten at the base of each tentacle, are long and show a flagella-like motion, rather than the synchronous beating of ordinary cilia.

At the posterior end of the body, situated somewhat eccentrically, is a large contractile vacuole, the pulsations of which occur at intervals of one minute and a half. Once in some thirteen or fourteen beats a minute interval occurs.' Surrounding the vacuole is a mass of minute dark granules, waste products of metabolism.

The mouth of Actinobolus does not open directly into the endoplasm but is separated from it by a funnel-shaped gullet described by both Entz and von Erlanger, although they do not agree with respect to its structure. Entz noted the striated walls of this organ and attributed the ridged appearance to the presence of folds in the cortex, finding no evidence whatever of solid rods; von Erlanger, on the contrary, interpreted the ridges as distinct straight rods forming a weakly built basket.


The sketches of longitudinal sections through the mouth shown in figures 40 and 42, are typical of the structure of this region. I have found no straight rods; in every case the sections show wavy lines, stained somewhat more deeply than the surrounding protoplasm and having the appearance of cortical thickenings.

A rod-shajoed macronucleus is imbedded in the endoplasm which, in different individuals, shows great variety in form, length and position; sometimes lying fully extended and following the circumference of the cell; again straight or loosely coiled in the center of the body; sometimes so tightly twisted as to appear made up of closely united segments (figs. 49, 50, 51, 52). In may have been some such closely twisted form as the latter which Entz described as composed of separate spherical segments, appearing like a mass of free nuclei.

In section the nucleus is seen to be covered with a delicate but distinct membrane, within which, imbedded in an achromatic substance, lie coarse, deeply staining bodies (figs. 42, 47, 53, 65). Scattered throughout the endoplasm are bodies, sometimes spherical, sometimes elongated, many of which are solid masses staining evenly throughout, while others show a differentiation into several intensely staining granules, surrounded by a pale area of definite outline. In one section a commashaped body was found made up of distinct granules which appeared to be in process of division (figs. 47 and 48). Similar bodies are shown in figures 54 and 60, sketches of total mounts. It seems impossible from the present observations to determine the nature of these bodies. Although some of them may be micronuclei, I am inclined to interpret them as nuclei of partly digested Halteria, owing to the fact that there is no constancy in number and that none of them has been observed in process of division.

4. Reproduction

Actinobolus radians reproduces by transverse fission, the number of daily divisions showing a wide variation due to the extreme sensitiveness of the organism to food and environmental conditions. During division Actinobolus swims actively about,



settling down from time to time to feed; this process which occupies about one hour and a half is preceded by an elongation of the body and nucleus, the difference in width between the anterior and posterior regions becoming more marked as the constriction deepens between the two ends (figs. 54 and 60). The difference in size between the anterior and posterior body is especially well seen when the animal comes to rest mouth downward, the posterior cell resting on top of the anterior one, the peripheries, in optical section, appearing as concentric circles. About half-an-hour after the animal begins to divide, a vacuole is formed anterior to the constriction and a little to one side of the median plane of the body. It is difficult to determine the exact location of the new mouth in the dividing cell, owing to the fact that while the organism is in motion it is impossible to keep it in focus long enough to find the mouth, while, when it comes to rest, this part of the bodj' is directed downward and cannot be seen. When the two cells separate, however, the mouth is readily found at the extreme anterior tip of the body (figs. 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61).

5. Summary

(a) Actinobolus radians is an almost spherical organism varying in length from 37.5/x, to 77m, in width from 22. 5^ to 66.5^; the average length and width of 25 individuals measured was 58. 5^ and 46.8m respectively. It feeds exclusively on Halteria grandinella.

(b) Two clearly differentiated regions are distinguishable in the living cell, a dense central mass, the endoplasm, surrounded by a semitransparent envelope, the cortex. Large vaculoles form a characteristic peripheral border.

(c) The cuticle is marked by twenty four or five delicate lines extending spirally from the borders of the mouth to the posterior end of the cell and marking the places of insertion of the retractile tentacles and the cilia.

(d) The cilia are arranged in clusters of from five to ten at the base of each tentacle and show a flagellum-like motion, rather than the synchronous beating of ordinary cilia.


(e) The tentacles, extremely slender organs, are of equal thickness throughout their length; the tip, which is slightly rounded, never pointed or knobbed, is quite opaque, owing to the presence of a mass of minute dark granules, the trichocyst material. The tentacles, greatly extended, are sometimes entirely detached from the body; this phenomenon, in the three cases observed, was followed by speedy disintegration of the organism. These organs, readily traced into the cortical region, have not been observed in the endoplasm.

(f) The single terminal vacuole pulsates at intervals of one minute and a half, a one minute interval occurring once in some thirteen or fourteen pulsations.

(g) The mouth opens into a funnel shaped gullet, the walls of which are strengthened by longitudinal folds of the cortex.

(h) Great variation is seen in form, length and position of the rod-shaped macronucleus; sometimes it lies, fully extended, parallel to the circumference of the body; again, straight, looselj^ coiled, or tightly twisted in the centre of the cell. The nucleus is covered with a delicate membrane within which, imbedded in an achromatic substance, lie coarse, deeply staining chromatin granules which in division stages are greatly elongated.

(i) Spherical and comma-shaped bodies composed of deeply staining granules imbedded in an achromatic medium, have been observed in many sections and total preparations, which may possibly be micronuclei, but owing to the fact that they have not been observed in process of division, it seems more probable that they are the nuclei of partially digested Halteriae.

(j) Actinobolus reproduces by transverse division, the entire process from the first elongation of the cell to the separation of the two individuals, occupying about one hour and a half. The division is unequal, the posterior cell being somewhat smaller than the anterior cell. About half-an-hour after the beginning of division, a new vacuole is formed anterior to the constriction and a little to one side of the median plane of the body. The number of daily divisions shows considerable variation owing to the fact that the organism is extremely sensitive to food and environmental, conditions. Encystment was not observed.


III. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS .4. The life-cycle, senescence and rejuvenescence

In 1838 Ehrenberg as a result of his studies of the infusoria conckided that because of their simple structure and method of reproduction, natural death was impossible. This view was opposed by Dujardin who maintained that the life-history shows definite cycles, indicative of successive periods of protoplasmic vitality which eventually end in death.

If the succession of cells formed between two consecutive periods of conjugation is comparable to a metazoan, the study of the cell aggregate, represented in the life-cycle is essential to complete knowledge of the morphological conditions of the species. It often happens in the course of the life-cycle that morphological variations occur, the indications of marked differences in protoplasmic vitality, which, unless the Kfe history has been carefully followed, may lead to confusion in regard to the identification of the forms under observation. For this reason many observers within the last half century have made the life-history of various infusoria the subject of careful study, thereby adding much to our knowledge of these forms.

Among the earlier workers were Butschli (76) and Englemann (78) who were follwed by Maupas ('88) the first to make an exhaustive study of the life-cycle. Schaudinn, by his valuable work on Coccidium schubergi, emphasized the importance of an intimate knowledge of the life-cycle of every species.

Interesting observations have been made since 1900 on Paramoecium caudatum by Calkins ('02 and '04); on Oxj^tricha fallax by Woodruff ('05); on Gastrostyla mytilus by Popoff ('07); on TiUina magna by Gregory COS), and on Paramoecium aureha by Woodruff ('09 and '11). With the exception of Woodruff's last work, these infusoria were bred in a more or less constant food medium. As a result of this method of treatment the life-history showed a division into cycles of varying vitality, measured in terms of the division rate. Enriques in his paper, of 1908 criticized the results of these experiments and the conclusions based upon them. He denied the existence


of senile degeneration followed by physiological death, claiming that the results obtained by Calkins and Popoff were due to fault}^ technique resulting in bacterial invasion of the cultures. Calkins' methods, fully given in his paper of 1902, show that a careful technique was followed throughout his work; the cycles which he observed during the 742 generations of Paramoecium must therefore have been due to a cause other than the one suggested by Enriques.

Spathidium shows a rhythmic rise and fall in division-rate corresponding to the vitality of the cell and in this respect agrees with the results obtained by Calkins, Woodruff, Popoff and Gregory for Paramoecium, Oxytricha, Gastrostyla and Tillina.

Reference to diagram 1 will show that Spathidium responded but slightly to treatment with salts. During the period when the division rate fell suddenly from 3.1 to 1.6, the cultures were treated with beef extract. The curve shows only a temporary response, the division-rate gradually dropping to 1.3 during the eighth period.

Artificial stimulation at this time increased somewhat the general vitality, which is indicated by the higher division-rate. That the effect was, however, temporary is shown by the gradual downward trend of the curve, ending in the death of the series. In this respect the life-cycle of Spathidium spathula closely agrees with the results of Gregory for Tillina magna concerning which she says:

Unlike Paramoecium and Oxytricha, the division rate of Tillina does not indicate a definite response to treatment with salts. Such substances, apparently successful in other forms, seem to have been effective only in raising the vitality slightly above the normal and increasing it sufficiently to carry the protoplasm through periods of weakness.

Woodruff defines a cycle as a periodic rise and fall of the fission rate extending over a varying number of rhythms and ending in extinction of the race unless it is 'rejuvenated' by conjugation or changed environment." The variations in division-rate represented in the life-cycle of Spathidium' spathula may all be interpreted as normal 'rhythms,' the entire curve covering 218 generations, representing but one cycle.



If rejuvenescence mean a renewal of the vital activities of the organisms, this process cannot be said to have taken place in Spathidium. In every case artificial stimulation was followed by a slight reaction on the part of the protoplasm, this effect lasting for a short time only, when the protoplasm either lapsed into its original condition or showed a somewhat lower

3.0 2.5 2.0


1.0 0.5 0.0














Diagram 1 Complete history of Spathidium spathula, Culture A, from start (February 24, 1911) to finish (July 7, 1911) in the 218th generation. The rate of division is averaged for ten-day periods. The ordinates represent the average daily rate of division for three individuals. The abscissae represent the number of ten-day periods.

vitality than before. This response must be interpreted, not as rejuvenescence, in the sense indicated above, but as a temporary response to stimulation, the chemical acting as a spur to the waning activity of the cell. If however we define rejuvenescence as a certain power given to protoplasm by means of which its activitie-^ are sustained for a longer period of time


than they would otherwise have been, then to a certain extent Spathidiinn was rejuvenated by the beef-juice, by the treatment of salts, and by the slight change in environment which the cultures experienced when transferred from hay infusion to tap water and later into spring water.

Considerable difference was noted in the amount of reaction manifested by the individuals of the same culture. In some cases there was absolutely no response to treatment with beef extract or salts, while other individuals showed varying degrees of sensitiveness.

If the individuality of the protoplasm of a culture subjected to the same environmental conditions during a long period of time show this marked difference in response to stimuli, it seems reasonable to interpret the effects noted in Paramoecium, Oxytricha, Tillina and Spathidium as identical in nature, differing only in degree.

Except during the last period represented in the curve of the life-cycle, Spathidium showed no morphological changes coincident with the lowered division rate. Through the first twelve periods of the life history the appearance of the protoplasm was normal; Colpidium were consumed and digested in large numbers. It was only at the very end of the series that abnormal forms appeared, this abnormality being accompanied by an extremely dense condition of the protoplasm. Without doubt it would have been impossible to carry the cultures as far as the 218th generation hdd not the use of beef extract, salts, etc., been resorted to. Since Spathidium subsists exclusively on Colpidium colpoda, of which it had an abundance, the gradual degeneration of the cultures resulting in physiological death must be traced to a lack in the food medium. The addition of beef extract and salts of various dilutions changed to some extent the chemical composition of the medium and as a result the protoplasm showed a slight response. Owing to the fact that the cultures, aside from a low division energy, showed no signs of depression until the last ten-day period, I am inclined to think the death of the series was due, not to senile degeneration, but to abnormal conditions of environment and that death


might have been avoided or at least averted, had the proper conditions, essential to the well-being of the organism at this crisis, been found.

B. Nucleus -plasma -relation

There has been a growing tendency in recent years to regard the protozoan nucleus as composed of two distinct substances, similar in structure but differing in function; one a trophonuclear matter controlling the vegetative furfctions of the cell; the other a substance concerned primarily with the reproductive activities of the organism.

The conception of the double nature of the nucleus is due to R. Hertwig, who in 1887 discovered a mass of extranuclear substance in Arcella, forming a band between the two vegetative nuclei. In 1889 he observed the formation of secondary nuclei from this extra-nuclear band to which in 1902 he applied the name 'Chromidial-netz.'

We are indebted to Schaudinn ('03) however, for the true interpretation of this chromatin mass. He found that from this extra-nuclear substance, in the case of Polystomella, Centropyxis and Chlamydiophrys minute nuclei are formed which become the nuclei of conjugating gametes. He concluded, therefore, that in these forms the chromidial-netz is sexual chromatin existing in combination with the trophic chromatin during the vegetative condition.

The work of Hertwig and Schaudinn has been greatly extended by Brandt ('02 and '05), Prowazek ('04), Goldschmidt ('05), Lister ('06), Doflein ('07), Calkins ('07), and others. Goldschmidt concluded, as a result of his work on nematodes and protozoa, that every animal cell is binucleate, possessing both trophic and sexual chromatin. These substances are usually combined in one body, the amphinucleus, but the separation of the two elements may be more or less complete.

We may distinguish three distinct degrees of nuclear differentiation among the protozoa; first, a nucleus in which both functions, vegetative and reproductive are combined, the sojournal OP MORPHOLOQT, VOL. 23, NO. 3


called aniphinucleus of Goldschmidt; second, a type, illustrated by Arcella, Centropjocis and others, in which chromatin material is extruded from the nucleus to form the chromidial-netz of Hertwig, or the idiochi-omidia of Mesnil ('05); third, a type in which there is a complete separation of the two elements into distinct masses, represented by the macro- and micro-nucleus of many infusoria.

Although this complete separation of nuclear material is of common occurrence among the infusoria, it is by no means universal. An examination of the family Enchelinidae in Biitschli's "Protozoa" shows that in the description of fourteen genera, the presence of a micronucleus is positively stated to occur only in the case of Didinium. Among the others, micronuclei have either not been observed or have been little studied. Goldschmidt's opinion that the infusoria show a primitive nuclear condition is opposed by Dobell, who looks upon the complete separation of chromatin substance as another indication of the high specialization shown by these organisms, rather than a simplification as advocated by Goldschmidt. According to Dobell, all functions, somatic and propagative, are resident in the same living nuclear molecule, one or the other predominating in the course of cell differentiation.

It sometimes happens that the separation of the two materials is but temporary. Neresheimer ('08) describes the interesting case of Ichthyophthirius, in which the nucleus buds off a smaller nucleus, which divides, each part undergoing two reduction divisions. Three of the resulting micronuclei degenerate. The fourth divides again forming two micronuclei which fuse. The zygote thus formed re-enters the original nucleus and fuses with it. We have here evidently a modification of the first type described, in which both functions are combined in the same body.

Considerable confusion has resulted from the use of the term 'chromidia' applied by Hertwig to the nuclear substance extruded by Actinosphaerium when starved or overfed. The chromatin in this case was the direct result of nuclear fragmentation brought about by abnormal conditions in the enviromnent


and was in no sense related to the 'chromidia' of Schaudinn, or the idiochromidia of Mesnil.

I did not find in either Spathidium or xA.ctinobolus any structures which I felt justified in interpreting as micronuclei. The only bodies which in any way resembled these organs in structure were much too large to be so interpreted. In these organisms both vegetative and propagative chromatin are combined in the long cord-like nucleus, the form and extent of which vary to a remarkable degree. According to Btitschli, the primitive nucleus of the ciliate cell was doubtless spherical, a condition which is found in almost all small ciliates. Using such a type as a starting point it is interesting to follow the evolution of this organ through the ellipsoidal condition, to the short band or rod-shape, on to a greatly elongated nucleus twisted into a complicated coil or divided into numerous ellipsoidal masses enclosed in a common membrane, the increase in length in most cases being coincident with the elongation of the cell body. In 1903 Richard Hertwig first discussed his theory of the nucleus-plasm-relation, maintaining that for each kind of cell in a normal condition, there exists a definite relation between nucleus and protoplasm, upon which the vitality of the cell depends. He called attention to the fact that this normal correlation between cell-size and nuclear-size is destroyed by changes in environment, as for example, an increase or decrease in temperature, starvation or overfeeding, which affect the metabolic activities of the cell controlling the exchanges of nuclear and cytoplasmic material. As a result of this increase of nuclear material, the cell shows symptoms of senile degeneration which end in death unless the normal cell-relations are restored, either by direct elimination of the nuclear material, or by conjugation. In support of his own results, based upon the study of Actinosphaerium and Dileptus under different environmental conditions, he cited the conclusions reached by Boveri in the case of the sea-urchin larvae and by Gerassimow in his work on Spirogyra.

In 1902 and 1905 Boveri studied the relation of cells and nuclei in sea-urchin larvae containing X, 2 X, and 4 X numbers


of chromosomes, the X larvae, the product of artificial parthenogenesis or the fertilization of an enucleated egg-fragment and the 4 X larvae obtained by shaking the eggs soon after fertilization. As a result of the investigation, Boveri formulated two laws based upon the comparative measurements of these larvae which are as follows: The surfaces of the nuclei are directly proportional to the chromosome number and hence to the chromatin mass," and "The size of the cell in the sea urchin larvae is directly proportional to the chromosome number." Gerassimow ('01 and '02) found that, if in cell-division of Spirogyra, the daughter nuclei were caused to remain in one of the new cells, this cell in consequence grew abnormally large, and he concluded, therefore, that the size of the cell is dependent upon the size of the nucleus.

Summing up the results of the work of Gerassimow ('01, '02), of Boveri ('05) and of Popoff ('07), Hertwig in 1908 says:

Das Neue, welche in der Lehre von der Kernplasma-Relation ge geben ist, ist der Gedanke, dass der Massenverhaltnis von Kern zu

k Protoplasma, der Quotient -, d. h.. Masse der Kernsubstanz dividiert

durch Masse des Protoplasma, ein gesetzmassig regulierter Faktor ist, dessen Grosse fiir alle von Kerne beeinflussten Lebensvorgange der Zelle, von fundamentaler Bedeutung ist.

In this recent discussion of the kernplasma relation he distinguishes two definite periods of nuclear growth occurring in the interval between consecutive conjugations; first, a 'funktionelle-Wachstum,' a period of extremely slow nuclear growth, accompanied by a rapid increase in volume of the plasma, resulting in a disturbance of the normal kernplasma-relation : Second, a 'theilungs-Wachstum', during which there is a rapid growth of nuclear material by which the normal relation between nucleus and plasma is restored, followed by cell division.

Hertwig's conclusions find support in the recent work of Popoff ('09) who, from a series of measurements made of Paramoecium, found that the increase in size of the nucleus and plasma between two consecutive divisions, measured at intervals of one hour, did not follow a parallel course. During the first


hours of the growth period there was a rapid increase of protoplasm accompanied by a very slow growth of the nucleus, this condition persisting up to within one hour and a half of the next division, when the sudden and rapid growth of nuclear material re-established the normal kernplasma-relation.

Hertwig, in describing the relation of nucleus and plasma in young cells says: "-Ich werde im folgenden diesen Zustand der Kernplasma-Relation, mit welchem die Zelle in eine neue Phase ihren Existenz eintritt, die Kernplasma-Norm nennen." He designates by the term 'Kernplasma-Spannung" that period in the life of the cell when the volume of the nucleus departs from the Kernplasma-Norm. With a view to testing the validity of Hertwig's theory, careful measurements have recently been made of nucleus and plasma in Tillina magna by Gregory ('08); in sea-urchin larvae by Erdmann ('08); in Oenothera lamarckiana and Oenothera gigas by Gates ('09j; and in Crepidula and Fulgur by Conklin('ll). Gregory concludes:

These facts seem to prove that there is no relation between the amount of nuclear material in the cell and the general vitality of the protoplasm. In other words, the periods of weakness are not caused by an excess of nuclear material. The nucleus may or may not increase in size during periods of low activity; if an increase does take place, it is generally found that the cytoplasmic material has increased also, and the ratio between the two is the same as in periods of high activity.

Erdmann studied the effect of temperature on the cell size, finding the chromatin volume varied with the temperature and concluding that the chromatin mass and not the number of chromosomes was concerned, and that the cell-size was approximately proportional to this mass. Gates, on the other hand, decided that the larger sized cells of Oenothera gigas result from a doubling in the number of chromosomes and not merely from an increase of chromotin mass. Gonklin, in summing up the results of his observations on Crepidula and Fulgur says;

In different eggs, corresponding blastomeres have approximately the same kernplasma-relation; but in different blastomeres of the same egg or of different eggs the kernplasma-relation is neither a constant nor a self regulating ratio. It appears to be a result rather than a cause of the rate of cell-division and consequently a variable rather than a constant factor.



In order to discover and analyze the nucleus-plasma relations existing at different periods of the life-history of Spathidham and Actinobolus, I made measurements of many cells, in different stages of cell growth, which had been fixed, mounted and stained at different times during the life-history of the organisms. My method consisted in drawing careful outlines of cells and nuclei with the aid of a camera lucida at a magnification of 630 diameters, and then making measurements of the projections. The measurements of lengths and diameters used in the tables are given in microns. In order to obtain a volume of Spathidium which was approximately accurate, I used as diameter the aver


New cells of Spathidium spathula



































79 •























































































































































31 Average



174 Average












124 ^i




Average coefficient = 112



age of three measurements taken, one through the thickest region of the cell and two near the extremities. The volume was ascertained by treating both cell and nucleus as cylinders. The formula t t r ^ was used in obtaining the volume of Actinobolus, the cell being treated as a sphere. All volumes are expressed in cubic microns.

In table 1 are given the measurements of twenty-two cells fixed stained and mounted immediately after division. In these new cells which have just begun to nourish themselves and to grow we find, according to Hertwig, in the relation existing between nuclear and protoplasmic volume, the KernplasmaNorm, An examination of these ratios given in the last column of the table will show a wide variation in the nuclear-plasma relation, ranging from 11:6 to 1:39, giving an average norm of 1:13.3. In table 2 are recorded the measurements of sixteen

TABLE 2 Vegetative-cells of Spathidiutn spathula

























































28 ,
































































































119, f


217. f




Average coefficient = 82



vegetative cells taken at random from the cultures. Although a comparison of tables 1 and 2 shows an increase in length and diameter of both nucleus and cell, an examination of the ratios given in the last columns of these tables, indicates that the growth of nucleus and plasma in the vegetative cells has been unequal: that the normal kernplasma-relation has been disturbed in favor of the plasma giving an average ratio of these cells of 1:24.6. A comparison of the average coefficients at these two stages of growth is of interest. This result was obtained by expressing a ratio between the length and diameter of the cell and the length and diameter of the nucleus as for example

— :— in which L and D indicate the dimensions of the cell and D d

I and d those of the nucleus. An increase in size of this resultant indicates an increase in size of the nucleus, a decrease in the value of the coefficient, a corresponding decrease in the size of the nucleus. Comparing tables 1 and 2, we find a decrease in the average coefficient corresponding to the increased kern

TABLE 3 Division-stages of Spathidium spathula




































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plasma-relation on favor of the protoplasm. In table 3 are given the measurements of twelve cells in division stage, the average kernplasma-relation 1:12.8 showing a return to the • kernplasma-norm, the average coefficients recorded in tables 1 and 3 being identical. An analysis of the relations existing between nucleus and protoplasm in new cells, vegetative cells, and division-stages show, first, that the nucleusplasma-norm expressed by the ratio 1 :13.3 is destroyed during the period of time immediately following division, the ratio between the nucleus and protoplasm being almost doubled in favor of the latter: second, that in the division stages the norm is re-established. These conclusions based on average measurements, agree in the main with the results of Hertwig and Popoff.

Popoff ('08), in his study of Frontonia leucas, in discussing the relation between the depression periods and size variations says, "The animals show during this period a marked decrease in cell size and a disturbed kernplasma-relation in favor of the nucleus." And again, "the researches of R. Hertwig in Actinosphaerium, Dileptus and Paramoecium, those of Calkins on Paramoecium and of Woodruff on various hypotrichous ciliates, and my own work in Stylonychia proves that the protozoa, through a period of uninterrupted activity, come into a condition in which the nucleus shows an abnormal growth." In regard to Calkins' work, Popoff took for granted that the greatly enlarged nucleus was the cause of the depression. Since Calkins, in his paper of 1904, makes no reference to the kernplasma-relation, PopofT must have drawn his conclusions from the photographs of the cells and did not take into consideration the fact that the cells had not divided for several days and were therefore in an abnormal condition.

In table 4 I have recorded the length, diameter and volume of protoplasm and nucleus of newly divided cells, vegetative cells and division stages chosen from two periods in the lifehistory of Spathidium. The cells represented in the first column were taken from the cultures during a ten-day period in March when the division energy was high, averaging for the period 3.1. The figures of the second column are measurements of



cells selected during a ten-day period in May when the divisionrate had fallen to 1.3 for this interval. If the division energy be an index of protoplasmic vitality, the cultures in May must have been in a less healthy condition than in March. From May to the death of the series, there was a general decrease in division-rate, averaging but 0.4 during the last ten-day interval in July. Reference to table 4 shows that in May, when the division energy was low and the cultures had already entered on a period of depression, both the coefficient and kernplasma relation indicate a decrease in nuclear volume, rather than the abnormal nuclear growth claimed by Popoff in his paper of 1908.

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Hertwig maintained that an increase in nuclear mass led to a slowing of the division rate. Table 4 shows that this is not true of Spathidium, where a slow division-rate is coincident with a decrease of nuclear material.

A careful study and comparison of the nucleus plasma-relation of individual cells shows a wide variation at all periods of the hfe-history; for example, the measurements of one cell, fixed during March, when the division-rate for the period was 3.1, give a kernplasma-ratio of 1:230 in favor of the protoplasm, also the average of ratios during a period of low division energy



indicates a reduced nuclear volume. On the other hand, cells with a ratio very close to the kernplasma-norm were abundant during periods of reduced division energy. The variations noted in Spathidiuni are seen by consultation of table 5, to be also true for Actinobolus. These facts therefore, seem to indicate that the kernplasma-relation is not a constant quantity and bears no definite relation to the division-rate. In spite of the wide departure from the kernplasma-norm shown in the vagetative cells recorded in table 2, this divergence, resulting in a disturbed kernplasma-relation has not resulted in division of the cell. It seems therefore that division in Spathidium

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cannot be traced to a disturbed relation between nucleus and protoplasm. These varying ratios found in cells of the same period in the life history of the organism, may be explained on the basis of differences in cell metabolism. Cultures subjected to comparatively constant environment showed wide individual differences in response to artificial stimulation and it seems probable that the variations in the kernplasma-relation are individual variations due to a difference in response to environmental conditions, since the interchange of nucleus and protoplasmic material is dependent upon the metabolic activity of the cell. Conklin states in his paper on Cell size and nuclear size" that As we have seen, the kernplasma-relation varies widely in different blastomeres of Crepidula and Fulgur. In these cases wide departures from the kernspasma-norm have not brought on cell division and if the kernspannung is a cause of cell-division, it must be a minor factor in the case." From the evidence at hand therefore it seems impossible to trace the phenomena of cell division to any of the causes thus far suggested by Spencer, Strasburger, Boveri or Hertwig. Celldivision is the index of protoplasmic vitality which is directly dependent upon the metabohc activity of the cell. If therefore, we accept Child's interpretation of senescence and rejuvenesence, we must attribute the varying relations between nucleus and protoplasm to individual differences in metabolic activity expressed in the division-rate.

Strasburger ('93-) accounts for cell division on the basis of the 'working-sphere' of the nucleus. The experimental work of Brandt ('77), Nussbaum ('84), Gruber ('85), Lillie ('96), Balbiani ('89 and '91) and Verworn ('89) all go to show that the nucleus is indispensable to the formative energy of the cell; that although the processes of destructive metabolism may continue for a long time in an enucleated cell, that constructive metabolism is only possible in the presence of the nucleus

Considering these facts in connection with Strasburger's theory of the 'working-sphere' of the nucleus, the ratio existing between the nuclear surface and the protoplasmic mass must be of great significance in the interchange of nuclear and protoplasmic


material. The maintenance of a certain ratio between the two masses, making possible a normal interchange between them of material, seems to me to explain the greatly elongated nuclei found in Spathidium and Actinobolus.

C. Food habits

Frequent observations of the feeding habits of Actinobolus and Spathidium are suggestive of many interesting questions. In these two forms we have organisms subsisting exclusively so far as we know, upon a special type of ciliate. Actinobolus, moored by means of its oral tentacles, awaits the coming of its victim, Halteria grandinella, before making use of its weapons of offense, Spathidium, a predatory form, swims actively through the water, its anterior end in constant motion, passing with seeming indifference all food material except the little ciliate, Colpidium colpoda. This behavior on the part of the organism would seem to indicate an apparent exercise of choice, but when one comes to a careful analysis of the basis of this choice, one finds himself becoming involved in questions .upon which the observations of many other workers have thrown but little hght.

Interest in the feeding-habits of unicellular organisms, resulting in practical experimentation dates back to the time of Gleichen in the latter half of the eighteenth century. The question which arose in the minds of these early observers in the field of protozoology was one which has been discussed by almost every worker on the protozoa since that time, namely: Have these simple forms of animal life the power of selection in the kind of food-material upon which they live, — if so, upon what is the choice based? Many of the experiments of Gleichen showing that large quantities of finely powdered carmine or indigo mixed with the water, were taken into the body of these unicellular forms, were repeated and confirmed by Ehrenberg in 1838. Stein, Entz and many other workers, however, either forgot or ignored these early results, since they expressed the concensus of opinion at that time that infusoria showed a decided power of selection, inasmuch as from the mass of sub


stance swej3t into the pharynx, food-particles were passed into the endoplasm while all foreign substances were rejected by a reversal of ciliary motion. This question was again taken up by Verworn in 1889 who, after experimenting on Vorticella with chalk crystals, carmine and indigo concluded wenn man die Bezeichnung Auswahl fiir einzelne dieser Erscheinungen beibehalten will, sich klar machen mtissen, dass darunter keine bewiisste Auswahl in einer bestimmten Absicht zu verstehen ist, sondern ein vollig unbewiisster Vorgang, ahnlich der natiirlichen Auswahl, der Selection, die der Kampf um's Dasein hervorbringt."

Hodge and Aiken in 1893 pubhshed a paper on the "Dailj' Life of a Protozoan" with the significant sub- title A Study in Comparative Psycho-Physiology." Here again Vorticella was the subject of the experiment, chosen because it is easily kept in the microscopic field during long periods of time. The fact that the same animal subjected to similar conditions of experiment shows different reactions at the hands of two skillful observers, leading to diametrically opposed conclusions is of interest. Hodge classed the action of the cilia under psychoreflex movements, assigning to them a sorting or discriminating function, dependent apparently upon a touch sensation and concluded that this process indicated a no less conscious action on the part of Vorticella than the seeking of prey and the feeding of animals in general.

Schaeffer, in 1910, published the results of some exceedingly interesting feeding experiments on Stentor. Every test was most carefully controlled in order that the exact kind and quantity of food might be accurately recorded. Without going into the details of the experiments I will simply quote his results which are of interest and importance in the light of other experimental work on the feeding habits of Protozoa. Schaeffer found that, as food, Stentor preferred Euglena to Phacus; that it could discriminate between Phacus triqueter and Phacus longicaudus, also between Trachelomonas hispida and Trachelomonas volvocina; that it manifested no choice between living organisms and those killed in chemicals, as for example osmic acid, iodine


or alcohol; that whole specimens were eaten while a jelly composed of crushed Paramoecia and Euglena was rejected. As a logical deduction from these results Schaeffer concluded that Stentor does exercise a selection among particles which are brought into the food pouch; it discriminates between digestible and indigestible particles and between different kinds of organisms. What then is the basis of this choice? Making a distinction between taste, a reaction to chemicals, and touch, a reaction to form, he concludes that inasmuch as Stentor ate alike living forms and those fixed in chemicals while it chose entire organisms in preference to macerated ones, that the selection must be made on a tactual basis.

Didinium, a predatory ciliate, appears to the casual observer to exercise a somewhat limited choice. Jennings, however, explains the food habits of this form by the trial-error theory, claiming that Didinium reacts not only to particles which may serve as food but to all kinds of solid bodies, that it is constantly coming into contact with various substances digestible and indigestible, each one of \^ hich it 'tries' to pierce and swallow. If successful the particle is chosen as food, if the trial be unsuccessful it is rejected and classed with the errors. Jennings says there is no evidence that in some unknown way the infusoria perceive their prey at a distance nor that they decide beforehand to attack certain objects and leave others unattacked. They simply prove all things and hold fast to that which is good." In this conclusion Jennings agrees with Maupas.

It is evident, however, that the trial-error explanation is inadequate in dealing with the behavior of Actinobolus and Spathidium. It is true that when the organisms are in a condition of satiety, the small ciliates Halteria and Colpidium may pass their enemies unharmed; if, on the other hand, Actinobolus and Spathidium are hungry, no attempt is made to eat any other kind of food than the accustomed prey. We find here no 'trials' but a definite selection of food material. In experimentation with unicellular forms under identical conditions not only has a difference in reaction between different individuals been noted, but also difference in reaction of the same individual at differ


eiit times. These reactions may be accounted for by an explanation on the basis of chemical or physical laws of attraction or by assigning to the organism something akin to intelligence. The question naturally suggests itself, how has the exercise of choice become limited to one special form of food material in the case of Actinobolus and Spathidium? If, as Jennings claims, the avoiding action of the cilia in Paramoecium is in itself an expression of choice, it is not difficult to conceive of a still further development of this expression as illustrated in the reversal of the ciliary current, the bending of the body of the organism and the swimming away from foreign substances or undesirable food material. Accepting the definition of instinct as purposive action without consciousness of purpose, it seems legitimate to apply the term in this sense to the phenomena involved in the food taking behavior of protozoa. The word thus used is simply a convenient term for expressing the outward manifestation of a relation existing between the protoplasm of an organism and an external stimulus or another form of protoplasm possessed of different chemical or physical properties. It may be that the behavior of the early ancestors of the hunter ciliates was based on the method of trial. In the course of time, the protoplasm of the organism has become modified chemically and physiologically to such an extent that a reaction to one kind of protoplasm only is possible — in other words forms like Actinobolus and Spathidium have become 'educated' through 'error' to the selection of one species of food, namely, Halteria grandinella and Colpidium colpoda.

March 9, 1912


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Unless otherwise stated, all figures are made from camera drawings or sketches from the living cells.

The figures in plates 1 and 2 are of Spathidium spathula, those in plates 3 and 4 of Actinobolus radians.



1 Freehand sketch of Spathidium showing nucleus, contractile vacuole, mouth, lines of insertion of the cilia and oral cilia.

2 Optical section of total preparation to show cuticle, cortex, endoplasm and chromatin granules in the nucleus. X 400.

3 Sketch of total mount showing trichocysts in rim of the mouth. X 400.

4 and 5 Sketches of total preparations to show variations in form of the nucleus. X 400.

6, 7 and 8 Freehand sketches of abnormal forms found a short time before the death of the series.

9 Total preparation showing the nucleus divided into two distinct parts each of which is tightly coiled. X 400.

10 Longitudinal section showing fragments of "the macronucleus and an elongated vesicular body containing deeply staining bodies in process of division. X 415.

11 A retort-shaped body found in section i-epresented in fig. 14. X 1673.

12 Anterior region of body showing trichocysts, drawn from total preparations.

13 Sketch of mouth region drawn from living form.

14 Longitudinal section showing nucleus, food particles and retort-shaped body shown in figure 11. X 415.

15 Sketch showing relation of the elongated and retort-shaped bodies found in the serial sections pictured in figure 10 and 14. X 1673.

16 Total preparation illustrating another variation in the form of the nucleus. X 415.

17 Sketch of mouth region from living animal.

18 Section showing cortical foldings in the gullet. X 415.

19 and 20 Sketches of early division stage to show elongated chromatin granules. X 415.

21 and 22 Sketches of a late division stage showing the fine chromatin granules. X 415.







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23 to 27 Total iJi'cparatious of early division stages showing great i.y elongated cell and nucleus. X 400.

28 to 31 Late division stages illustrating great variation in the size and form of nucleus in the new cells. X 400.

32 Diagram to show the position of the incision made in experiments 1 and 2 in regeneration.

33 Diagram showing position of incision made in experiment 3.

34 Diagram to show place of cut made in experiment 4.

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39 Sketch of living animal sliowiiig nu(;lous, contractile vacuole, tentacles and cilia. Dorsal view.

40 Drawing of section tlnough the mouth region to show the longitudinal folds of the gullet; a partially digested Halteria in a flood vacuole and three fragments of the nucleus. X 415.

41 Sketch from living animal. The periphery of the cell drawn under oil immersion lens; to show peripheral vacuoles, cilia, tentacles, cuticle, cortex, endoplasm and refractive bodies. X 787.

42 Sketch of section following the one represented in figure 40. X 415.

43 Sketch of living cell to show four greatly elongated tentacles.

44 Drawing of same individual swinnning and dragging a long trail of detached tentacles.

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47 Sketcli of section to show two fragments of the nucleus, a retort-shaped vesicular body containing masses of chromatin which ai)pear to be in process of division; and the peripheral vacuoles. X 415.

48 The retort-shaped body shown in figure 47, greatly magnified. X 1673.

49 Sketch of total i)reparation showing an extended nucleus following the circumference of the cell. X 415.

50 Total ijreparation to show the loosely coiled nucleus in the center of the cell. X 415.

51 Sketch of a section showing an almost straight nucleus. X 415.

52 Sketch of a total preparation in which the nucleus is seen tightly twisted. X 415.

53 A portion of the nucleus pictured in figui'e 65, showing elongated chromatin granules. X 787.

54 Karly division stage drawn from a total preparation to show elongated nucleus and three vesicular bodies. X 415.

56, 57, 58, 59, Gl A series of division stages drawn from the living animal.

60 Total prei)aration of a late division stage to show the elongated nuclei and two vesicular bodies. X 415.

62, 63, ()4, 65 Serial sections of a dividing (•(^11. showing comma-shaixMi and 1 lirc.'iil-likc bodies scattcu'ed t hroughoul t lie ciidoiilasin. A section of I he luicleus is shown ill figures (14 and ()5. X 415.

















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The following account of the arterial system of the ganoid Polyodon was begun in the Anatomical Department of Washington University and completed in the Department of Comparative Anatomy at Harvard Medica School. The writer gratefully acknowledges his indebtedness to the staffs in both places. The work is approached entirely from a morphological viewpoint and only the gross anatomical relationships are considered. The material used has been chiefly fish of about a meter in length which were secured in the vicinity of St. Louis. These were injected with gelatin and starch masses, the latter proving quite satisfactory for present purposes. The results have been checked by a study of serial sections of a 74 mm. specimen which has already been briefly described by the writer (Danforth, '11).

Allis's ('11) paper on the pseudobranchial and carotid arteries of Polyodon did not appear until the present work had been finished except for the drawings. Since that paper only partially covers the field attempted here and moreover some comparison of our results seems desirable the paragraphs on the pseudobranchial and carotid vessels are retained without very much condensation.


The pericardium has the usual conical or rounded form with the base directed caudally against the septum transversum. A dorsal and two lateral faces are vaguely indicated. The lining is a uniform serous membrane with no macroscopic openings except that of the pericardio-peritoneal canal. This is a rather



large passage which opens from the pericardium into the coelom, the posterior mouth being in the usual position ventral to the oesophagus and dorsal to the liver. The pericardial mouth opens dorsally between the entrance of the right and left ducts of Cuvier. In a specimen where the greatest lateral diameter of the pericardial cavity was 36 mm., the smallest diameter of the pericardio-peritoneal canal was 5 mm. The cana itself was about 15 mm. long.

The heart is attached to the pericardial wall anteriorly by the truncus arteriosus and posteriorly by the union of the great veins with the sinus venosus, by two cords consisting each of a coronary vein and a posterior coronary artery, and by fine strands running from the septum transversum to lymphoid masses on the ventricle. The attachment of the sinus to the pericardial wall is somewhat in the form of an upright H, of which the great veins form the limbs. In the dorsal notch of the H is the pericardial opening of the pericardio-peritoneal canal and through the ventral notch pass the coronary vessels. These are in two free strands each consisting of an artery and a vein. Usually the left vein and right artery are large and the right vein and left artery small. The veins were not studied in detail; the arteries will be discussed further on.

The sinus venosus is very asymmetrical. On the left its anterio-posterior diameter is short so that the ve ns almost enter the auricle, but on the right, lateral to the mouth of the veins, there is a saccular dilation equal in capacity to about one-third of the auricle. Posteriorly there are a few internal trabeculae or reinforcing strands, but these are not much developed. The arterial blood supply, is in part at least, by small twigs of coronary orgin coming in from the septum transversum.

Externally the auricle appears nearly symmetrical but slightly inclined to the left. It has a smooth surface and is somewhat crenulated around the margin. In sagittal section it is in the form of a right triangle, high behind and low and thin in front. Within there is a strong development of trabeculae, mostly flattened and forked, all around the edge except for a short distance on the left, lateral to the auriculo- ventricular opening.


Thus there are no trabeculae crossing the region opposite the opening, but a crescent of them radiates around it, their contraction doubtless focusing the blood on this point. The weakest place in the wall, therefore, is opposite the mouth. The sino-auricular valve is a pair of folds on the left placed oblique to the sagittal plane with the ventral end of the slit between them more medial than the dorsal. The slit makes an angle of about 45 degrees with the perpendicular. The nearly round auriculo-ventricular opening, is placed lateral, ventral, and anterior to the opening from the sinus. It is guarded by the auriculo-ventricular valve shown in fig. 14 B.^

The ventricular part of the heart is almost completely surrounded and concealed by large lobes of lymphoid tissue appended to its outer wall and richly supplied from the coronary artery. Otherwise it presents no features calling for special mention.

The conus arteriosus of Polyodon is well developed. The number of valves, however, is relatively few as compared with some other ganoids. Figs. 1 and 2 each represent a conus that has been cut along the mid-ventral line and opened to show the cusps of the valves. In fig. 11a portion of- the lateral wall has been removed exposing the valves within. It will be seen 'from these figures that in this species the conus is a variable structure, at least in regard to the number of valves. Perhaps the most common form has three valves of four cusps each, the cusps being arranged in longitudinal rows as is usual among elasmobranchs and ganoids. Between the first and second valve there is a considerable space. In some individuals this space is occupied by another valve which may be either rudimentary (fig. 11), or well developed (fig. 2). Although there are typically four more or less equal cusps to each valve their number and form vary and all stages from the merest rudiment to well developed cusps can be found. In some cases, as in the second tier shown in figure 1 , multiplicity seems to result from a division of one of the cusps. In agreement with most other forms the first (most anterior) valve, supposed to correspond with the single valve

^The figures in this paper were made by ^Ir. Wm. T. Oliver from the original drawings by the writer.



ABBREVIATIONS, terminal bifurcation of afferent

branchial arteries (1, 2, S, 4), afferent branchial

artery {1, 2, 3, 4), efferent branchial

artery, common carotid a.ce., external carotid, internal carotid, arteria coraco-cardiaca a.coe., coeliac artery, branch of external carotid to

region of pseudobranch, coeliaco-mesenteric artery, artery of heart a.cor., coronary artery a.dor., dorsal aorta a. eps., efferent pseudobranchial artery a. fa., facial artery a. fg., artery to the F-shaped groove

of Bridge a.fil.a., afferent filamentar artery n.fil.e., efferent fiamentar artery a.fil.s., basal branch oi afferent fila metitar artery, transverse filamentar artery a.fil.x., network of filamentar branches a.hb. {2, 3, 4), hypobranchial artery a.hb.y., a terminal branch of median

hypobranchial artery a.he.a., anterior hepatic artery a.he.p., posterior hepatic artery a.hy., afferent hyoidean artery a.hyo., hyoopercular artery a. an., innominate artery a.lhb., Ihb.', Ihb.", Ihb.'", Ihb."" possi ple rudiments of lateral hypobranchial arteries, afferent mandibular artery a.mhb., median hypobranchial from

second recurrent arteries a.mhb.', median hypobranchial from

fourth recurrent arteries, nutrient artery of gill, arteria ophthalmica magna a.on., orbitonasal artery

a. op., ophthalmic branch of orbitonasal artery

a. pa., parietal arteries, pharyngeal branch of second efferent artery

a.rc, recurrent branch of afferent branchial artery, artery to kidney

a.rec, rectal artery

a.ret., arteria retinalis, subclavian artery

a.sp., subpericardial branch of coronary artery

a.spL, splanchnic artery

a.sthy., artery to the m. sternohyoideus

a.ihd., arteria thoracico-dorsalis (?)

a.thv., arteria thoracico-ventralis (?)

au., auricle

bd., bile duct

6?'., branchiostegal ray, branchial cartilage

c.cer. (1, 2, 3, 4) , ceratobranchial cartilage, ceratohya cartilage (1,2,3), copulae

c.ep. (1,2,3,4), epibranchial cartilage, filamentar cartilage

c.hyb. (1,2,3,4), hypobranchial cartilage

c.hyh., hypohyal cartilage

c.hyo., hyomandibular cartilage

c.ih., interhyal cartilage, Meckel's cartilage

c.pbr. (pbr.' pbr."), pharyngobranchial cartilages

c.sym., symplectic cartilage

ca., caeca

CO., coelom

con., conus arteriosus

div., spiracular diverticulum

gb., gall bladder

gr., gill rakers

hb.a., anterior hemibranch

hb.p., posterior hemibranch

I., liver

lig., longitudinal ligament of dorsal aorta



lym., lymphatic vessel

m.adm., m. adductor mandibularis

m.adh., m. adductor hyomandibularis

m.bmd.m.bmd.,' origin and insertion of m. branchiomandibularis

m.lev. (1,2,3,4), na. levator arcuus branchialis

m.obv. (1,3,3,4), Di- obliquus ventralis, m. protractor mandibularis

m.sthy., tendon of sternohyoide\is muscle

no., notochord

oc, oral cavity

oper., operculum

os.den., dentary bone

OS. mx., maxillary bone, parasphenoid bone, post scapula

pc, pericardial cavity

rec, rectum

rsp., respiratory folds

sb., swim bladder

si., small intestine

spi., spiracle

spl., spleen

St., stomach

sv., sinus venosus

thy., thyreoid gland

v.dc, duct of Cuvier

v.hp., hepatic vein

v.j., jugular vein

v.ji., inferior jugular

v.p., portal vein

c.pc, post cardinal vein

ven., ventricle

Fig. 1 A conus arteriosus cut along the midventral line and spread open, this specimen there are but three valves, one of which has an extra cusp.





of teleosts, is usually the one best developed. The cusps themselves are of the characteristic type described by Stohr (76), having a thick middle portion and thin lateral attachments that are more or less fenestrated. There are also numerous strands on the inner side of the flaps. Stohr (76) and Boas ('80) have published accounts of conus forms in a number of the ganoids, but neither of them includes Polyodon in his descriptions. These authors point out that a 'beautiful transi

Fig. 2 A conus with four well developed valves

tion' from the ganoid to the teleostean type of conus is found in the hearts of Amia on the side of the ganoids and of Butyrinus among the teleosts. The former has three valves of four cusps each. Of these cusps two are reduced in size in each valve. Butyrinus has two valves, the anterior with two cusps, the posterior with four as in Amia. Senior ('07) has recently described the conus of Tarpon which contains two valves of but two cusps each. With these exceptions almost all teleosts have a single



valve of two cusps. If it were desirable to show a still closer series of gradations, the variable conus of Polyodon might be placed before that of Amia in a series leading back through such forms as Lepidosteus and Polypterus to the complicated structure found among the Dipnoi. Such a finely graded series, however suggestive it might be, would probably not correspond to any line of descent. The morphological value of the exact number and arrangement of these valves cannot be very great, especially where there is a tendency to multiplicity.

'\ _a. mht.

a. en.

Fig. 3 Dorsal aspect of the ventral aorta


The ventral aorta (fig. '3) is greatly elongated. In a fish of 10 decimeters it is fully one-tenth of the entire length of the specimen. All of its branches arise near together at the anterior


end. They are disposed in three pairs, morphologically comparable to similar vessels in elasmobranchs. The most anterior, resulting from a terminal bifurcation of the aorta, is a short trunk on either side, which presently divides to form afferent hyoidean (ahy.) and first branchial { 1) arteries. Next behind this comes a paired vessel which arises from the dorsal aspect of the aorta and supplies arteries ( 3, 4) to the third and fourth gills. Finally the afferent artery ( 2) to the second gill, which is the only one to come directly from the aorta, is in point of origin the most posterior of all. This is due, of course, to the displacement headwards of the common trunk of supply to the third and fourth gills.

The afferent hyoidean (fig. 4,a.hy.) and first branchial ( arteries immediately pass ventral to the tendon of the M. sternohyoideus (m.sthy.), while all the other afferent arteries are dorsal to it. The former, running close beneath the 5kin, follows the hyoid arch for a considerable distance. Anteriorly it. lies just medial to and parallel with the A. hyoidea (, the vessels and the cartilage suggesting the arrangement of parts in a gill. Further back it does not follow the arch so c'osely and runs more nearly parallel with the median line. This vessel seems clearly to correspond to the afferent hyoidean artery of other ganoids and selachians. With teleosts, although sometimes present in young (e.g., Ameiurus, Salmo), it appears typically to be absent in the adult. In Polyodon I have frequently been unable to find it, so its absence may here be a more or less common anomaly — an anomaly which might perhaps be expected on physiological grounds inasmuch as this artery can distribute only venous blood to the tissues.

The first afferent branchial artery, after having passed under the tendon of the sternohyoideus, turns obliquely outward and backward to enter its gill along the posterio-ventral border of the m. obliquus ventralis I (m.obv.l). The second enters its gill in exactly the same way except that it goes dorsal instead of ventral to the tendon (fig. 4).

The trunk (a. an.) on either side which supplies the third and fourth gills runs back near the median line and dorsal to the



a. hb. y

a. br. a

a. hb. 4

a. Ihb.

a. br. a. 4

m bmd.

a. Ihb.'

m. obv. 4

cer. 5

Fig. 4 The principal structures of the hypobranchial region seen from below. The anterior cartilage elements are displaced somewhat laterally and portions of the copulae omitted.



aorta. At the level of the third hypo-branchial cartilage it divides into the two afferent arteries. One { 3) enters the third gill in the same way as those described above, while the other { 4) reaches the fourth in what at first sight appears a very unusual manner. It ascends in an obhque groove on the lateral face of the second copula (fig. 5) to gain the floor of the mouth where it is separated from the oral cavity only by the mucosa and the shghtest amount of subjacent tissue (fig. 6, A). It crosses dorsally the anterior end of the ventral cartilage of the fourth branchial arch and then turns down in a groove on the medial and posterior aspect of that cartilage to enter the gill along the m. obhquus ventralis IV, thus coming into corre

c. cer. 5 c. cer. 4

c. CO. 3

c. CO. 2

a. br. a. 4 a. br. a. 3 a. an.

a. br. a. 4

Fig. 5 The origin and proximal relations of the fourth afferent branchial artery.

spondence with all the more anterior afferent arteries. Caudad to the groove for the artery there is a ligament binding the branchchial cartilage to the second copula, and this is interpreted by Bridge (79) and Van Wijhe ('82) as a second articulation. Such an interpretation seems justifiable, and, if it be correct, brings Polyodon into accord with Amia and Acipenser, in so far as this point is concerned. In the third and fourth arches of Amia the hypobranchial articulates with the copula near the floor of the mouth and with its ventral keel at a deeper level (fig. 6, B). The artery passes through the enclosure thus formed. With Polyodon the same condition exists in the third arch, but in the fourth, where the hypobranchial has disappeared or lost



its individuality, the ventral articulation is displaced forward and upward to the level of a dorsal articulation, and the original dorsal (if it be such) has become posterior in position and is nearly obliterated. In this readjustment the artery { 4-) has retained its original relative position and is in consequence brought up to the floor of the ijiouth (fig. Q, A).

c. CO. 3

a. br. a. 4

a. br. a. 4

c. cer. 4

m. obv. 4




Fig. 6 A, section through a portion of the hypobranchial region of Polyodon (74 mm. specimen); B, a similar section of Amia at the same level (Harvard Embryological Collection, No. 273, sections 270-285).


On entering their respective gills the afferent vessels ( run a considerable distance without giving rise to any filamentar arteries. At a point well towards the middle of the ceratobranchial region each gives off a recurrent vessel {a.rc, fig. 7) which bears all the filamentar arteries medial to this points Dorsally all the afferent vessels except the fourth bifurcate near the end of the gill, sending a division to the two hemibranchs as they diverge around the insertion of the m. levator arcus branchialis ( Allis (loc. cit., p. 259) discusses these vessels briefly, but does not mention their terminal bifurcation. He finds the recurrent branches in larvae (130 mm. to 170 mm.), but in view of drawings in his possession thinks they may be



absent from the first arch in the adult. The present writer finds them occuring invariably in all the arches.

The efferent arteries, with the partial exception of the fourth, to be described presently, parallel very nearly the afferent vessels as indicated in figure 7. They arise ventrally by two long branches, one from each hemibranch, which unite at about the same level as that at which the recurrent afferent artery is given off. This corresponds very well with what Silvester ('04) found to be the

m. lev. >

a. bi

a. nu. c. ep. i

m. obv. 1

c. cer. 1

a. br. a. 1

a. br. e. 1

Fig. 7 Anterior aspect of the first gill after the removal of some of the superficial tissues.

condit'on in a large number of teleosts. Dorsally the efferent vessels all send off small branches to accompany the terminal bifurcations of the afferent arteries. Throughout the whole gill the efferent fi'amentar arteries tend to unite in tree-like groups (cf. fig. 9), a single stem often draining several filaments. Morphologically the dorsal and ventral branches may be simply enlarged stems of this sort that have developed with the increased size of the gill. If such be the case they probably do not indicate an incomplete fusion of a pair of efferent vessels such as occurs



in each holobranch of sharks, as Alhs seems to suppose. As shown in the figure, numerous nutrient arteries ( are given off all along the gill. Largest and most important of these are the hypobranchials discussed below, which arise from the anterior ventral divisions of the efferent arteries.

a fil. e. a. til. tr. lym.

a. fi

a. fil

e. br


o. fil.


a. br. a.

br. e.

Fig. 8 Stereogram of a region near the middle of a gill. The basal parts of two and one-half gill-filaments are shown on each side.

The arrangement of vessels near the middle of a gill is shown semidiagramatically in figure 8. This arrangement is described by Allen ('07, p. 106). The efferent artery ( lies deepest and next above it is the afferent artery ( The third vessel (lym.) still higher is the branchial vein or lymphatic of Allen's account. The afferent filamentar artery at its origin immediately gives off a short spur (a.fil.s.) to supply the region lateral to the main vessel and below its own point of origin.


The main stem (a.fiLa.) ascends to the top of the filament, giving off throughout its whole length a series of short cross pieces which reunite in an irregular network (a.fil.x.) from which the 'afferent transverse filamentar arteries' { take origin. Each of these supplies several of the flap-like folds of respiratory epithelium {rsp.) on either side of the filamentar cartilage {c.fll.). From the ultimate capillaries the blood is returned directly to the efferent filamentar artery (a.fil.e.) which descends on the other side of the cartilage to pass through a notch in its base.

It is stated above that the efferent branchial artery of the fourth gill varies from the corresponding vessels anterior to it. This divergence is correlated with other modifications in the region. The fourth gill, unlike the others, is not a complete holobranch. Its anterior hemibranch (fig. 9, hb.a.) is entire but the posterior, {hb.p.} although constantly present, extends only slightly into the epibranchial region where a fusion has taken place, obliterating the dorsal half of the cleft. The ventral half of the cleft, however, remains open. This simple but unusual condition has proved misleading to several writers. Van Wijhe (op. cit.) says that each of the four first gill-arches bears on its outer side a whole gill. Jordan ('99) diagnosing the family Polyodontidae, says 'gills 4|'. Finally Allen twice states (I.e., p. 106, p. 108) that/' the fourth or last branchial arch has but one row of filaments, and is therefore a hemibranch." Strictly speaking all of these descriptions are incorrect. Apparently Van Wijhe failed to notice the absence of the dorsal half of the fourth hemibranch, while Allen overlooked the presence of the ventral half. Jordan's statement is probably based on the cartilaginous arches and not on the gills themselves. A considerable number of specimens examined by the present writer proved very uniform in this particular except that in a young one, 74 mm. long, the filaments were found to be rudimentary in the epibranchial region of all the gills. In its lower half the fourth gill is like those in front of it and its efferent artery gives off the characteristic hypobranchial vessel in the usual manner.

Near the point where it rounds the articulation between the epi- and cerato-branchial cartilages, the fourth efferent artery



gives off a large posteriorly directed branch (figs. 9, 11 a.cor.), which for the present may be termed the coronary artery. It has a wider range of origin (cf. figs. 10 and 11) than is implied by Allis's account, but always leaves the gill in the epibranchial region, and this, in connection with the fact that there is already a full complement of recurrent arteries below, precluded the

hb. a.

hb. p

m. lev. 4.

a. br. e. 4

a hb. 4

a. br. a. 4


Fig. 9 Posterior view of dorsal part of fourth gill Fig. 10 The arteries of the fourth gill

possibility of its belonging to the hypobranchial system. Passing over the dorsal end of the fifth gill cleft it comes into a position lateral to the oesophagus from which point its course will be traced in a subsequent paragraph.

Near the origin of the 'coronary artery' and in the region where the posterior hemibranch is lacking (fig. 9) , the efferent vessel separates into two parts. The main division ( 4), which


gives rise only to nutrient branches, passes over the posterior face of the muscle connecting the cerato- and epi-branchial cartilages and across the epibranchial directly to the pharynx. The other part (figs. 9, 10), which gives rise to both filamentar and nutrient branches, follows the dorsal edge of the cartilage and supplies the filaments of the anterior hemibranch. It goes anterior to the attachment of the m. levator arcus branchialis and reunites with the vessel from which it arose. Allis infers from Allen's drawings that the loop thus formed is interrupted medially in the adult, but such is not always the case, for in all the specimens which were examined by the writer the loop was found to be complete as shown in the figures.

Although the filaments of each of the first three posterior hemibranchs are practically in a continuous line above and below with those of the next succeeding anterior hemibranchs, the eby completely surrounding the clefts with filaments, I have been unable by gross methods to find any connection at this point between the arteries of the successive gills. Allis, however, finds an indirect connection between the arteries of the third and fourth gills.


In all groups of fishes a system of hypobranchial arteries is of constant occurrence, but the details of arrangement are rather variable. These arteries are derived from anastomoses between recurrent vessels which arise from the efferent arteries within the gills. Frequently secondary longitudinal trunks are formed which from their position T. J. Parker ('84, '86) has designated the lateral and median hypobranchials. Their transverse connections he calls commissural arteries. That author, it may be observed, regarded the whole' system as derived from the subclavian artery because in the sharks, with which he worked, there is a connection between the two. The connection with the gill arteries he thought to be secondary. This view, however, has received little subsequent support and is not now generally maintained. G. H. Parker and F. K. Davis ('99)


corrected and elaborated the original account and extended their observations to one of the ganoids, Amia. Parker ('00), Silvester ('04) and others have studied these vessels in teleosts. In Polyodon I find a considerable latitude of variation in minor points even on opposite sides of the same fish, but no asymmetry of constant occurrence, such as characterizes some of the teleosts, has been noticed. In figure 4 there is a slightly schematic representation of the whole system in a specimen where the parts attained a very full development.

The recurrent artery from the first gill (, generally designated as A. hyoidea or afferent pseudobranchial artery, is apparently constant in occurrence and position. It does not anastomose with the other hypobranchial arteries and in this region gives off only very small branches or none whatever. From its origin (fig. 7) it crosses the m. obliquus ventralis I diagonally and loops around its tendon, passing first dorsal, then medial and finally ventral to it as shown in figure 4. On rounding the tendon it gains the posterio-medial aspect on the hypohyal where, however, there is neither foramen nor groove. Allis ('11) finds branches here to the local musculature. It crosses the lateral aspect of the ceratohyal ( in a diagonal furrow (fig. 16) which traverses nearly the whole length of the proximal cartilaginous portion of that element. Turning dorsally it passes in front of the interhyal to the lower edge of the symplectic where it again enters a shallow groove in the cartilage. Here it frequently gives rise to a vessel (fig. 16) that runs back under the end of the hyomandibular. AUis (I.e., p. 260) is convinced that this branch is homologous with similar vessels in Amia and Salmo and that it represents in all these the remnant of a commissure that in younger larvae undoubtedly connected the hyoidean and mandibular aortic arches." It is absent in many of the adult Polyodons studied. Leaving the dorsal aspect of the symplectic the afferent pseudobranchial artery runs forward in a course ventral to the protractor hyOmandibularis muscle, but separated from the oral mucosa by a thick layer of fatty tissue. Anteriorly it makes an >S-shaped bend (fig. 15) and enters the pseudobranch, where it usually breaks up into several


divisions, from which the ultimate filamentar arteries (about twenty) arise.

This vessel and the afferent hyoidean artery referred to above, apparently correspond to the similar arteries in Amia and the young trout. These vessels Allis ('00) and Maurer ('88) believe on embryological grounds to be the true afferent arteries of the first and second arches, and this would seem to be the implication of Greil ('03) in reference to elasmobranchs. But Wright ('85) working with Lepidosteus, and Silvester ('04) with teleosts are inclined to other interpretations. It can hardly be profitable to discuss this question in connection with Polyodon until something of its embryology is known.

The hypobranchial arteries posterior to the hyoidean are more variable and tend to become asymmetrical. The recurrent vessel (fig. 4, a.hb.2) from the second gill, when fully developed, on entering the hypobranchial region passes behind and dorsal to a small accessory tendon from the m. sternohyoideus to the second branchial cartilage. Here it gives off an anterior branch {a. Ihb.) which passes dorsal to all other arteries and tendons to supply the lateral lobe of the thyreoid and the articular surfaces of the anterior basibranchials. At about the same place it also gives rise to a posterior branch {a.lW .) which runs back dorsal to the second afferent artery to reach the ventral aspect of the third basibranchial cartilage. The recurrent vessel itself, turning slightly backward and inward, presently gives off a third branch (a.sthy.). This is to the sternohyoideus (m.sthy.), the tendon of which it follows along the dorso-medial side. It generally passes laterad of the m. branchiomandibularis (?w. hmd.), but may go mesad of it. In one specimen, unfortunately injured, the vessel seemed to encircle the muscle. The vessels of the two sides meet behind on the belly of the sternohyoideus but remain more or less distinct. After giving off these three branches the main trunk of the recurrent artery reaches the median line ventral to the aorta, where it meets a corresponding artery (if present) from the other side. Frequently the two vessels {a.rnhb.), usually of unequal size, run forward side by side without uniting. They supply the median lobe, and possi


bly more, of the thyreoid and terminate as the nutrient arteries of the branchiomandibularis (m. bmd.) which they reach by passing between its two tendons of insertion to gain the ventral side of the muscle. But while still dorsal to the branchiomandibularis several minor branches are given off. One of these (a.hb.y.) is very constant in its occurrence. It arises near the median line and runs laterad beneath and close to the insertion of both the sternohyoideus and transversalis I. It here comes into contact with the hyoidean artery, twice crossing its dorsal surface, but apparently never anastomoses with it. Its final distribution is over the hypobranchial cartilage and the surrounding connective tissue.

In these vessels what may represent lateral, medial and commissural elements can, perhaps, all be recognized, but this is a point which should not be pressed too strongly, for the vessels are all variable and it is doubtful if they have much significance for comparative purposes. The two lateral branches could together be interpreted as constituting a lateral hypobranchial artery, and the fact that the anterior division sends a twig to the thyreoid is in agreement with that vessel in the elasmobranchs as described by Ferguson ('11). Whether or not the posterior branch ever effects a communication with the arteries from the third or fourth gills I cannot say. Apparently it usually does not, although in some cases the terminal twigs come very close to one another. The portion of the recurrent vessel between the 'lateral hypobranchial' and the middle line is in the correct position for a commissural artery and the rest of the vessel {a.mlib.) is the median hypobranchial. It is in accordance with teleostean conditions, according to Silvester ('04) and Gudernatsch ('11), for the median hypobranchial to supply the thyreoid. The supply of the median part of the thyreoid, when this vessel is lacking, has not been fully determined, but apparently the gland then draws exclusively on the lateral hypobranchials. The median hypobranchial is not produced backward beneath the aorta as it is in almost every fish thus far described, but all the derivatives of the second afferent artery are confined to the region anterior to the third gill.


From the third gill there may or may not be a recurrent vessel. When present it is comparable to the others in its general relations but has a rather limited distribution.

The fourth efferent artery, so far as my experience goes, invariably gives off a recurrent vessel which has median and lateral branches. From the former are derived the anterior vasa of the ventral aorta (fig. 3 a.mhh.') and other small twigs. The lateral branches, possibly to be considered collectively as posterior remnants of the . lateral hypobranchial, are anterior and posterior as regards their direction. The former {Ihh.'") is small and may anastomose anteriorly with a similar vessel from the third gill when there is one present. The main trunk of the posterior branch {Ihb.'"^), which is larger and more diffuse in its distribution, gains the median aspect of the fifth ceratobranchial and runs back for a considerable distance. Its terminal twigs reach those of the vessels from behind the heart (fig. 12) and may even anastomose with them, but any connection here is probably only secondary. In distribution, but not in origin, it suggests the dorsal median hypobranchial artery of Silvester's account.

The restricted distribution of the hypobranchial arteries of Polyodon is probably to be correlated with the fact that the hypobranchial region as a whole is greatly reduced and pushed far forward so that the direct connection between this and the pectoral region is unusually slender, consisting for a considerable distance of little but cartilage and tendons. The great variability of the minor vessels on the other hand is a characteristic shared by fishes in general. But that there should be no coronary artery in connection with this system is interesting and apparently unique. Allen (op. cit., pi. 3, fig. 5) shows a vessel arising in the second gill and indicated as 'coronary artery.' This figure was made to show lymphatics, however, and is almost certainly incorrect so far as the artery is concerned. The vessel in question is either the commissural or the artery of supply to the sternohyoideus; and Allen himself states in the text that the coronary artery "comes from the fourth right efferent branchial artery and approaches the heart from the rear." This


is true, but the statement fails to make clear the important fact that the coronary does not come from the hypobranchial end of the efferent artery as in other fishes. AUis does not discuss the hypobranchial arteries.


The coronary arteries as usually described for fishes are designated as anterior and posterior. The former arise from hypobranchial derivatives of the efferent branchial vessels and reach the heart by passing along the conus arteriosus. The latter, found in skates, arise from the coracoid branch of the subclavian artery and reach the heart from behind. Depending on their relation to the conus, anterior coronary arteries are recognized as dorsal or ventral. In Polyodon anterior coronary arteries are all entirely lacking and, further, the arteries of supply which reach the heart by way of the septum transversum do not correspond in other respects to posterior coronaries.

The vessel which for convenience may be called the coronary artery (figs. 11 and 12 a. cor.), although it represents much more than is usually covered by that term, arises as above described from the fourth efferent branchial artery which it leaves in the epibranchial region. It is somewhat variable in its point of origin (figs. 9, 10 and 11, a. cor) and is not symmetrical with the corresponding vessel of the opposite side, one or the other always being much the larger. Usually it is the right vessel that is best developed. In the region of the oesophagus it gives off a few small branches and then descends in a somewhat spiral course to the base of the pericardium. Its relation in this region to the anterior cardinal and ductus Cuvierii (fig. 11, y. dc.) is variable. It lies for the most part anterior and somewhat medial to. the subclavian artery (fig. 12, Dorsal to the pericardium there arises a long branch { that runs forward between the fifth ceratobranchial and median. hypopharyngeal cartilages to supply the dorsal parts of the mm. pharyngoclaviculares (fig. 12). This vessel occupies the position of a part of the a. coraco-cardiaca of ScylHum (Hyrtl '58, Carazzi '04),




ep. 4


V. dc.

Fig. 11 Semi-schematic representation of the coronary artery and neighboring structures. In this specimen the left coronary artery is the one best developed.

a point which is emphasized by the fact that it sometimes anastomoses anteriorly with the fourth hypobranchial artery. Presumably there is such an anastomosis in the larvae studied by Allis ('11, I.e., p. 283). The main vessel enters the septum transversum where branches are given off to the region below the pericardium (a.sp.), to the hver (a.he.a.), and to the heart ( The artery which passes into the region ventral to the pericardium (fig. 12, a.sp.) sends forward several anterior branches which are chiefly distributed to the mm. pharyngo-claviculares and the posterior part of the sternohyoideus. There is also an anastomosing branch (fig. 12) connecting it with branches of the subclavian artery. The anastomosis is in the position of, and in a measure suggests, the coraco-hypobranchial anastomosis of the elasmobranchs as described especially by Pitzorno



Fig. 12 Dissection to show the coronary and subclavian arteries

('05), but although the relationships of the subclavians are the same the other arteries are not entirely comparable. In several specimens the anastomosing vessel was apparently lacking.

The branches from the coronary artery to the liver may arise from both the right and left coronaries or from the larger one alone (figs. 11, 12, a.he.a.). These vessels, which may be designated as anterior hepatic arteries, are distributed to the whole anterior part of the liver. Their arrangement on entering the liver is fairly constant, there being two arteries in relation to each hepatic vein (fig. 13, a.he.a.). Within the liver they follow the veins and ramify in the tissues till lost to macroscopic methods. In some, possibly all, cases they supply the gall bladder (figs. 11, 13, gb.). In well injected specimens anastomoses are easily traced between the anterior and posterior (a.he.p.) hepatic arteries (fig. 13) but there is nothing to suggest that these are more than secondary connections. The writer does not know



"■ ^f- a. he. a. v hp

8. he. p. a. he. p.

Fig. 13 Outline of liver showing main branches of anterior and posterior hepatic arteries.

of any other forms with vessels of this type and has no suggestion as to their possible homologies. They are not mentioned by either Allen or Allis in the papers cited.

The terminal branch of the 'coronary artery' (fig. 11, or the part which actually supplies the heart and seems to correspond to the posterior coronary of the skate, is generally, but not always, best developed on the right side. The smaller artery is, in all but exceptional cases, an insignificant vessel that runs toward the heart along the large coronary vein. The larger artery crosses the posterior part of the pericardial cavity in a free strand which also contains the small coronary vein. It passes under the auricle to the dorsal aspect of the ventricle (fig. 11) where, at a point slightly behind and to the right of the auriculoventricular junction, it breaks up into three or more branches. Like other arteries approaching their final distri




Fig. 14 Ventral (A) and dorsal (B) views of the ventricle showing distribution of the coronary artery. Branches with cut ends supply the investing lymphoid tissue.

bution it is extremely variable. Figure 14 is from sketches of the dorsal and ventral aspects of a typical ventricle. To bring the arteries into view the surrounding lymphoid masses were removed. Vessels represented with cut ends went to supply these structures. The question as to the homology of the 'coronary artery' in Polyodon is not easily disposed of. The morphological importance of it depends on the value that maybe attached to such structures as units. The vessels of fishes are variable to a marked degree and it does not seem difficult for new channels to be established nor is it surprising to find related forms more or less divergent in the matter of the distribution of minor arteries. Carazzi (op cit.) states that in working with a single form (Scylilium) he finds in various individuals the arrangements described for different species and even different genera. He seems to be inclined to emphasize the functional rather than the morphological significance of the different plans. How far the divergent arteries of Polyodon are new developments or to what extent they are direct modifications of a more primitive condition cannot be judged with any assurance till their embryology is known.



Each efferent branchial artery on approaching the roof of the pharynx leaves its groove in the epibranchial cartilage and crosses the anterior aspect of the m. levator arcus branchialis (m. lev. 1, fig. 7). Medially it turns ventrally and somewhat posteriorly around the muscle a little proximad of its insertion. The relations with the cartilages vary somewhat in the different arches (fig. 15). The first passes through a triangular space bounded dorso-medially by the parasphenoid bone, antero-laterally by the first pharyngobranchial, and postero-laterally by the anterior end of the first epibranchial and second pharyngobranchial cartilages. Within this triangular space it gives rise to the common carotid artery ( Leaving the triangle it crosses the medial part of the second pharyngobranchial, making a groove in its ventral surface to gain the deep median excavation between the wings of the parasphenoid behind. It unites with the corresponding vessel of the other side in a plane passing near the middle of the third pharyngobranchials. The third pharyngobranchial does not reach the parasphenoid above and so a triangle corresponding to the one in front is not completely closed in behind. This allows the second efferent artery to slip back to a more posterior position as shown in the figure. It reaches the median vessel in the plane of the end of the third epibranchial cartilage. The third and fourth vessels likewise have migrated somewhat backwards. All of these arteries are forced to make a ventral dip around the knife-like edge of the parasphenoid. On reaching the mesial side of the wing of that bone they turn abruptly upward and backward to enter the median vessel on its ventral side. The arrangement of these vessels, each separately emptying directly into a single median dorsal aorta, is in accord with some- of the other ganoids and simpler sharks and is seemingly more primitive than the radices aortae of higher sharks and teleosts.

Pharyngeal branches of the main trunks are not well developed. There are, however numerous small twigs (fig. 15) that supply the roof of the mouth and one prominent artery (a.vh.)


from the second efferent vessel which runs up over the wing of the parasphenoid to the cartilage of the occipital region, where it is distributed around the origin of the levator muscles and may possibly send twigs through into the cranial cavity or anastomose with others coming out. Allis describes this vessel as coming from the first efferent artery; presumably it may arise from either the first or second. Allis also describes a commissure between the third and fourth efferent arteries. No large vessels were found going back to the oesophagus.


The common carotid (fig. 15, arises from the first efferent branchial artery just in front of the anterior epibranchial cartilage. It is a short vessel which runs diagonally forward and inward along the mesial aspect of the first pharyngobranchial, near the end of which it may be said to terminate by dividing into internal and external carotids. In the adult this division is a very unequal one, the internal carotid, which arises from the posterior and ventral side of the vessel, being so small that it was at first entirely overlooked or mistaken for one of the pharyngeal twigs that are given off in this region. The minute internal carotid will be described further on in connection with the artery from the pseudobranch; the distal continuation of the main trunk from the end of the common carotid is here described as the external carotid, even though the hypoopercular and orbito-nasal arteries are also involved.


The external carotid {axe. figs. 15, 16), appearing as a prolongation of the common carotid, continues around the anterior end of the first pharyngobranchial cartilage in which it makes a shallow groove. Laterally it passes through a rather large foramen into a longitudinal channel, the facial canal of the basis cranii. Here it gives off a large branch (a.hyo.) which follows the hyomandibular nerve out posteriorly through the facial foramen. The canal is produced forward beyond the point



a ret.

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Fig. 15 Dissection of the roof of mouth and pharynx


where the hyomandibular nerve enters it and through this anterior part of the channel the artery again escapes from the cranial wall, emerging dorsal to the m. protractor hyomandibularis between its two slips of origin. As it leaves the canal it gives off a second branch. This, together with the first, probably represents the equivalent of the hypoopercular artery of Silvester's descriptions (for teleosts) or the hypoopercular and external carotid of Amia (Allis).

The posterior branch is here called the hyoopercular (a.hyo.) and is likewise designated by Allis in his recent paper. Leaving the facial foramen along with the nerve, it ascends abruptly the posterior aspect of the hyomandibular bone, gives off a large muscular branch to the adductor hyomandibularis (fig./ 16 m.adh.) and assumes a superficial position along the insertion of this muscle. Several small branches cross over to the anterior side of the hyomandibular bone and a very long one runs back under the operculum (oper.) to the inner side of the opercular flap. The main vessel, still following the hyomandibular nerve, traverses a groove in the distal end of the cartilage from which it sends a second branch to the opercular flap and then passes down under the branchiostegal ray (6r.) to be distributed posterior and medial to the area supplied by the facial artery. For a further discussion of this artery the reader is referred to Allis's paper (1. c, p. 286).

The second branch of the external carotid immediately separates into two divisions. In the specimen described by Allis (I.e., p. 285) they arose separately from the main trunk. One runs laterally beneath the ep'thelium in front of the spiracular cleft and along the anterior face of the hyomandibular bone. The other divides into external and internal branches. The former ( ramifies over the cartilage around the spiracular cleft and diverticulum and supplies a nutrient branch to the anterior division of the protractor muscle. The latter (a.fg.) passes through the cartilage into a large 'fat-space' (the F-shaped groove of Bridge) beneath the frontal bone and medial to the hyomandibular articulation where it breaks up into small twigs.


Neither of the above arteries seems to fill completely the place of the external carotid of Amia although the second comes very near to it and, with the first, also covers the hyoopercular of that form. The teleostean vessel which Silvester, endeavoring to follow Allis, called the hyoopercular artery, but which, as Allis subsequently ('08 c) pointed out, is presumably comparable to the external carotid of Amia, finds a more or less complete homologue in the two vessels above described. The fact that they arise separately from a longitudinal trunk and not by a single stem from one of the several points where the 'hyoopercular' ('external carotid') may appear in other forms, is probably of little morphological import. The branch (a. com.) from the anterior of these, which is described above as crossing beneath the epithelium of the spiracular cleft, was not found to connect directly with the spiracular vessel although it is strongly suggestive of the commissure that occurs here in Amia, the Loricati, and the teleosts described by Silvester.

The further continuation of the external carotid, apart from its proximal connection, is very much like the artery in teleosts which Silvester calls the external carotid and Allis ('08 c) the orbito-nasal. It is partly encircled by the a. opthalmica magna (fig. 15, just as is the orbitonasal (Allis) in teleosts and, like that artery, it forms a large longitudinal trunk suppljdng branches to the orbit, eye muscles and nasal region. After leaving the facial canal and giving off its second bran' h as above described, it runs forward medial to the anterior portion of the protractor hyomandibularis already referred to. Along this part of the course there arise several small twigs probably of no morphological importance. As it approaches the mandibular nerve it turns somewhat laterad under the protractor mandibularis muscle where it gives off the large facial artery and then continues forward beneath the orbit and recti muscles. Allis (1. c, p. 285) describes the external carotid as terminating here by dividing into the 'orbito-nasal and maxillo-mandibularis arteries.'

The facial artery (figs. 15, 16, a.fa.) passes over the nerve to its anterior side and then follows it out, lying at first on the


ventral side of the protractor and then between that muscle above and the m. adductor mandibulae {m.adm.) below. In this position it gives off a large branch which immediately separates into posterior and anterior divisions. The former is a nutrient artery to the m. adductor mandibulae, but the latter, although supplying some muscular twigs, is distributed mostly to the abundant fatty tissues and follows the palatoquadrate forward to the median line. This recalls the vessel in Polypterus which arises from the internal carotid and has recently been considered by Allis ('08 b) as a possible remnant of the efferent mandibular artery of that form. Here it is not likely that it has any such significance. Further back the facial artery passes over the lateral aspect of the m. adductor mandibulae and in between the palatoquadrate cartilage and maxillary bone. Its rather numerous branches, some of them muscular, are indicated in figure 16. Below the angle of the mouth it still adheres to the lateral surface of the muscle as the latter gains its insertion on Meckel's cartilage. The main vessel finally becomes superficial ventrally by emerging from between the cartilage and overlying bone. From this point it may be traced forward along the cartilage nearly to the median line.

The next prominent branch (a.op.) from the external carotid enters the region back of the orbit, and is apparently the one designated by Allis as the ophthalmic branch. It gives a branch to the rectus muscles of the eye, just as does a similar vessel from the external carotid (orbito-nasal) of Lopholatilus and other teleosts (Silvester), and divides into two main branches. One of these supplies the fatty tissue behind and above the eye while the other goes to the similar tissue medial and anterior to the eye. Some of the terhiinal branches of the latter supply the m. obliquus superior and others reach the nasal region, being distributed apparently to a part of the sensory epithelium.

Two other branches (fig. 16) arise from the external carotid before it enters the rostrum. One of these runs ventral to the orbit, supplying the m. obliquus inferior and the superficial tissues below and in front of the orbit. The other has a somewhat similar but more anterior distribution except that its largest



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Fig. 16 Sketch of the external carotid and its branches. The deeper parts are indicated by lighter lines.

branch crosses the posterior face of the antorbital cartilage and then goes through a foramen into the nasal capsule. How far this perforating branch is homologous with the anterior end of the orbitonasal artery which perforates the antorbital process of teleosts it is difficult to say.

The artery of the rostrum (fig. 17), the terminal extremity of the external carotid, enters the snout by passing across a broad groove beneath the antorbital process. It then bends dorsally and, lying under the overhanging dorsal expansion of the central cartilaginous core, retains its individuality nearly to the anterior end. In its course through the rostrum it gives off a series of long medial vessels, which lie close to the cartilage except near their terminations where they may turn laterad, and another series of short lateral vessels, some of which actually arise on the medial side and then pass around the main stem dorsally. Through the greater part of its length the rostral cartilage is hollow and filled with fat behind and a kind of mucous tissue in front. The nutrient artery to this tissue arises from the main vessel shortly after the latter enters the rostrum. At its origin it bends somewhat caudad and then goes through a




Fig. 17 Arterial su23ply of the rostrum. The cartilage is cross hatched.

foramen in the cartilage. The two nutrient arteries, one from either side, run obhquely forward and inward giving off anterior and posterior branches. The latter is deep and reaches the dorsal wall of the cartilage where possibly it sends through perforating branches. There are other perforating branches further forward. The main stems of these nutrient arteries finally fuse and the resulting median vessel is continued anteriorly through the mucous tissue. It ends finally in one or more perforating vessels.

442 . C. H. DANFORTH

Although the foregoing account shows quite clearly that the extensive system of vessels here described as the external carotid (fig. 16) and its branches is really much more than is usually embraced by that term, this designation is employed for convenience in the description of a natural system, the parts of which cannot be satisfactorily homologized by macroscopic methods alone. The several interesting questions that naturally arise in this connection must undoubtedly await embryological studies for their final solution.



The internal carotid artery (fig. 15, is intimately connected with the efferent pseudobranchial (a. eps.). It at first runs anteriorly in the roof of the mouth, lying on the ventral surface of the parasphenoid bone. Anteriorly it turns laterally and, dorsal to an expansion of the bone, enters a canal in the basis cranii, where it is soon joined by the efferent pseudobranchchial (a. eps.) which is the larger of the two. This vessel arises in the pseudobranch from about twenty filamentar arteries and, gaining the ventral surface of the protractor hyomandibularis, passes forward across that muscle to a canal which it enters at a point dorsal and anterior to the opening of the internal carotid canal. The canals unite in front and the arteries within anastomose. This anastomosis may apparently be effected through a large connecting branch or more commonly the two arteries completely fuse for a short distance. Anterior to the anastomosis the internal carotid becomes the larger vessel and the efferent pseudobranchial, now greatly reduced, proceeds as the a. ophthalmica magna (fig. 15, This artery, while still in the cartilage, gives rise to several small twigs which could not be traced far, and then escapes from the cranial wall above the trigeminal nerve. It is at first posterior to the rectus muscles and then comes to lie in between them, following an independent course to the back of the eyeball which it enters just posterior to the entrance of the optic nerve. X few small twigs may be


given off on the outside of the sclerotic, some of them possibly anastomosing with the a. retinalis.

Returning to the internal carotid proper, we find it proceeding from its anastomosis with the efferent pseudobranchial artery through the basal cartilage into the cranial cavity. This region is carefully described by Allis (I.e., pp. 289-290). In this part of its course it gives off a long slender vessel, apparently confined entirely to the cartilage, which arches forward, ultimatel}^ reaching the median line. Just inside the cranium the a. retinalis (a.ret.) separates and accompanies the optic nerve to the eye. This is a very minute vessel which it is difficult to trace. Lateral to the diencephalon the internal carotid divides palmately into three branches, of which the posterior is largest, the anterior smallest. Allis apparently found only two of these, but he did not attempt to trace the encephalic arteries. The anterior division, which is sometimes greatly reduced, runs along the ventro-lateral side of the corpus striatum, dividing in no very constant manner into the twigs that supply this region. Its terminal rami run in among the coarse bundles of the olfactory nerve and one of them gains the dorsal side of the telencephalon. If the anterior division be reduced in size, as is often the case, its place is taken by a branch from one of the other two, either of which may send out a branch to cover practically the same region. The middle division of the encephalic artery, which, as just stated, often shows an anterior branch, ascends in the angle between the telencephalon and diencephalon. As it approaches the epiphyseal region it turns abruptly backward over the dome-shaped midbrain where it is joined by its fellow of the opposite side. ' There may be merely cross anastomoses between the two or they may fuse completely, in which case a single median vessel supplies the posterior aspect of the midbrain and gives off on either side, a large branch which turns laterally and ventrally between the optic lobes and cerebellum. These arteries are subject to considerable variations and these variations are correlated for the most part with inverse variations in the lateral rami of the third encephalic artery with which they anastomose. The posterior and largest of the


encephalic arteries like the second may or may not give rise to a vessel to the corpus striatum. In one specimen, where such a branch was well developed, no anastomosis could be detected between it and the anterior artery by the gross methods employed. The main trunk turns medially between the inferior lobe and the anterior end of the medulla. As it arches backward it gives off one or two lateral branches which run up between the optic lobe and the cerebellum to anastomose as above described with the dorsal artery 'of the brain. The posterior arteries of the two sides join each other in the angle between the inferior lobes and the medulla, but from this point of union two vessels instead of one run caudally as far back as the level of the vagus nerve and may even extend further back before finall}^ uniting. From these two parallel basilar arteries in front and their single posterior prolongation behind, a number of small branches are given off to the medulla, to the roots of the nerves, (nearly all of which are accompanied laterally by small arteries) and to the floor of the cranial cavity. Several small vessels of the latter group go to the optic capsule. In addition to these smaller branches there are on either side two large branches which seem to be constant in occurrence, but not in position. The more anterior of these runs laterally, either in front of the auditory nerve and between the roots of the VVII complex, or posterior to all of these, to gain the lateral side of the medulla along which it runs caudally. The other and more posterior gives off a small branch and then follows the ninth nerve laterally as far as the auditory region where it turns aside to be distributed about the sacculus. No end to end connection between the basilar artery and the vertebral branch of the subclavian, which enters the spinal canal further caudad, could be detected, although it is not improbable that small anastomoses between the two arteries do occur. It is evident, at any rate, that the type of circulation, common to many of the vertebrates, including some of the fishes, in which the vertebral arteries are an important factor in the cerebral circulation, has not been attained by Polyodon.


It will be seen from the foregoing account that the relations of the internal carotid are rather more in accord with conditions in such other ganoids as Amia and Acipenser than is the case with the external carotid. The connection of the internal carotid with the efferent pseudobranchial and ophthalmica magna arteries is clearly explained in Allis's paper, and calls for no farther discussion here. It remains only to be said that in my larva, which is younger than those studied by Allis, the relative size of the internal carotid and the efferent pseudobranchial artery running beside it is very different from what it is in the adult. In a 74 mm. specimen the internal carotid, instead of being much the smaller vessel, is five or six times larger than the other. This would seem to indicate that in Polyodon the presence of an anterior carotid (i.e., one deriving its supply chiefly from the pseudobranch) is secondary and not the primary condition as it is said to be in sharks.


The origin of the dorsal aorta from the efferent branchial arteries has already been described. A few millimeters behind the entrance of the last pair of arteries the aortic wall becomes chondrified and the vessel from this point on is invested by a thick wall of cartilage which is interrupted only in the middorsal line. It is decidedly flattened dorso-ventrally, so that in cross section it is in the form of a small sector of a large circle or even crescentic in outline. In surface view, when dissected out, the dorsal aspect shows regular metameric markings in the cartilage, but the ventral aspect is ridged and furrowed in a very irregular manner. A most striking feature in connection with the vessel is a longitudinal ligament (fig. 18, lig.), suspended in the lumen throughout its entire length. This ligament is attached in front and behind and supported throughout by a continuous thin membrane of fibrous tissue which binds it to the notochordal sheath along the non-chondrified dorsal line of the aortic wall. The flat suspensory portion is so deep that the



rounded part below rests on the ventral inside wall of the aorta, thereby dividing it into essentially distinct longitudinal compartments. In specimens fixed in a curved position the Hgament stretched diagonally from side to side in accordance with the bends in the body. Perhaps, in addition to the function susgested by this condition, it may also act in opposition to the interspinous ligament. This peculiar structure was also observed by Bridge (79), who suggested tentatively that it might represent the subchordal rod of elasmobranchs. I find a similar structure occuring in Scaphirhynchus and a rudiment of it in the trout and Ameiurus.

The branches of the dorsal aorta are an irregular series of segmental arteries, beginning with the subclavian in front and given off throughout the whole course; a series of short ventral branches to the air-bladder, gonad, and kidney; and the large coeliaco-mesenteric artery which arises at the anterior extremity of the coelom. The aorta itself terminates as it approaches the end of the tail by dividing into short lateral branches which pass out of the axial cartilage and again divide, this time into dorsal and ventral branches for the two lobes of the tail.


There are two main divisions of the segmental arteries, the dorsal, or parietal, the ventral, which in the coelomic region are the splanchnic arteries. They may arise along the lateral ti'iangle of the aorta by short common stems or, more frequentl}^ the dorsal and ventral divisions are quite distinct from each other. These vessels are somewhat irregular in their appearance and vary greatly in size. For the most part, however, there is one pair of good sized arteries for every two or three pair of nerves. Sometimes the two members of a pair will be very different in size and sometimes two successive arteries on the same side will both be large, especially in the region of a fin. Each dorsal parietal artery (fig. 18, a. pa.), on emerging from the aortic wall, sends a large horizontal branch diagonally out



ward and backward in an intermuscular septum. This branch ramifies somewhat in the septum but maintains its individuahty until it reaches the lateral line where it divides into dorsal and ventral branches and shows some inclination to anastomose with similar vessels in front and behind it. The main stem next gives off a spray of small vessels to the notochordal sheath and higher up a branch that enters the spinal canal. Beside the neural spine there arises a second lateral branch very much

Fig. 18 Diagramatic cross section in the region of the kidney

like the first. Dorsally the parietal artery itself ends in a terminal bifurcation, or, in the region of the dorsal fin, becomes one of the arteries of supply to that structure. In a fish about a meter long there were five pairs of dorsal arteries to the fin.

The splanchnic arteries (fig. 18, a. spl.) may give off small ventral branches to the air-bladder, kidney or gonad, lateral to which they continue ventrally close to the peritoneum. They show a slight tendency to anastomose and form longitudinal connecting vessels below. Several of them supply each ventral


fin and in some cases at least, terminal branches around the anus run forward on the rectum to become continuous or to anastomose with the mesenteric artery. Posterior to the coelom the vessels comparable to these partake more of the character of the parietal arteries. About eight or nine pairs of them supply the anal fin.

The subclavian arteries (figs. 12, 15, a. sc.) have the general relations of the other segmental arteries. They arise at a considerable distance behind and entirely independent of the fourth efferent branchial arteries. Each at once gives off the characteristic dorsal branch which ramifies in the 'occipital region and supplies the neural canal but was not found to anastomose directly with the basilar artery, The lateral division runs ventrad and laterad behind the jugular vein and in front of the post scapular. Aside from the anterior branches already described in connection with the coronary and hypobranchial arteries, it gives off posteriorly above the scapular a long superficial branch (a. thd.) which is probably to be identified with the a. thoracico-dorsahs of the selachians (Pitzorno, loc. cit.), and a ventral branch (a. thv.) which is probably the a. thoracico-ventralis of those forms. Its principal remaining branches supply the musculature of the fin.


The arteries that directly supply the dorsal side of the kidney (fig. 18, and swim-bladder are numerous small vessels that arise irregularl}^ along the ventral side of the aorta. Within the kidney there is also sometimes developed a longitudinal stem of greater size. The finer anatomy of these vessels in relation to the renal tissues was not studied.


The coeliaco-mesenteric artery (figs. 15, 19, a. co me.) arises from the dorsal aorta between the levels of the anterior end of the coelom and the posterior margin of the pronephros. Enclosed


in a free strand of tissue, it descends along the anterior face of the air-bladder nearly to the cardiac end of the oesophagus, a distance of about a decimeter in a fish a meter long. Throughout the greater part of this portion of its course it is closely enveloped between the air-bladder and the dorsal aspect of the right lobe of the liver, making a deep furrow in the later. On the right side near the junction of the oesophagus and stomach it gives off its first large branch, the coeliac division (figs. 13, 19, a. coe.), and comes into relation with the portal vein. Associated with the vein in a free strand, it passes under the oesophagus to the right side of the intestine to which it gives a few branches and then enters the spleen which it supplies copiously. Emerging behind, dorsally and somewhat to the right it gives off a few small branches which go to the rectum, and a large one which enters the mesentery and bifurcates, one division going to the fundus of the stomach and the other to the posterior ventral aspect of the air-bladder where it anastomoses with the dorsal arteries to that organ. This casual anastomosis may become important for, in one specimen, the main blood supply to the whole posterior part of the alimentary canal came down through the channel thus opened up, making a kind of anomalous posterior mesenteric artery. Behind the spleen the main vessel (a.rec.) is continued in the median line down the dorsal side of the rectum to which it gives off several branches, and, at least in some cases, becomes directly continuous and also anastomoses indirectly with some of the posterior ventral segmental arteries.

The coeliac division of the artery gives rise first to oesophageal branches, some of the anterior of which may send twigs to the swim-bladder above and the liver below. At about the same level there also arises a slender artery (a.he.p.) to the liver which • often .reaches as far as the gall-bladder. This is the principal right posterior hepatic artery. The main vessel, subject to considerable variation, gives rise to branches to all the neighboring organs and then turns dorsally in the angle on the right side of the gastro-intestinal junction. As it approaches the



Fig. 19 Schema of the coeliaco-mesenteric system


mouth of the pyloric gland it bifurcates. The anterior division branches palmately into a number of arteries to the stomach, a left posterior hepatic artery, which, as previously stated, anastomoses with the anterior hepatics, and a large artery to the anterior part of the pyloric gland. The posterior division breaks up into three branches, one of which supplies the posterior part of the pyloric caeca, one to the small intestine and one to the side of the stomach.

As is the case with many other forms the details of distribution vary greatly with all of these arteries, and a wide latitude must be allowed for individual differences.


The foregoing account of the general anatomy of the arterial system of Polyodon shows that, while in many respects the ganoid type, especially as exemplified by Acipenser, is quite clearly indicated, there are, nevertheless, some features which suggest elasmobranch and teleostean conditions. Among the former may be mentioned the posterior coronary arteries which to some extent resemble those of the skates, and among the latter the orbitonasal artery of teleosts, although it must be confessed that the homologies of this vessel are by no means clearly established. Marked peculiarities of Polyodon, apparently not common to other fish so far as known, are the absence of anterior coronary arteries, the origin of the posterior coronary in the epibranchial region, and the existence of anterior hepatic arteries. The evidence of these characters, so far as it goes, indicates that Polyodon is not very closely related to any of the other forms. Whether its resemblance to the skates, both here and in some of its skeletal structures, is anything more than a chance parallelism may well be doubted.

There is a close agreement between the account given here and that of Allis's paper wherever the two overlap. Small differences in regard to number and origin of vessels fall easily within the limits of individual variation which, in Polyodon, is very great.


The many differences, however, which Alhs records as existing between his larvae and drawings which he has of adults can hardly be due, as he supposes, to immaturity of the former since all of the possible larval characters which he mentions are common to fish a meter or more in length.



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From the Zoological Laboratory of Columbia University



VI. Introduction 455

VII. Cleavage 458

A. Description by stages 458

B. Summary 485

VIII. Gastrulation and early formation of the embryo 486

A. Description by stages 486

B. Summary 518

IX. Development after the closure of the neural folds ^ 519

A. Description by stages to the time of hatching 519

B. Larval development, and the metamorphosis 528

C. Post-larval stages 531

D. Summary 532

X. Time record 533

XT. Abnormalities 533

XII. Phylogeny 540

Bibliography 558


The present contribution is one of a series of papers on the embryology of Cryptobranchus, of which Part I, deaUng with the breeding habits, ovogenesis, maturation and fertilization, has already been pubhshed (Smith '12). In the preparation of

1 Part I was published in the Journal of Morphology, vol. 23, no. 1, March, 1912,



this paper I am greatly indebted to Prof. Bashford Dean, under whose guidance it has been brought to completion.

During the past seven years the collection of an abundance of material has enabled me to preserve an ample supply in every stage of development. At least fifteen thousand embryos have been secured from nests, and nearly as many more have been obtained by artificial fertilization.

For convenience in description, the embryonic and larval history has been divided into stages, based chiefly on external characters. In making the division, the usual difficulty has been encountered, that the rate of development of each structure varies more or less in different embryos. In detei'mining what shall constitute the interval between stages, the guiding principle has been to establish stages only so far apart that individual variations in the rate of development of the most important characteristics selected as criteria for classification shall not overlap. For purposes of more intensive study, each stage may be divided into tenths; this device is useful in following any single character or set of characters. Since development is a continuous process, the importance of studying a close series cannot be too strongly emphasized.

As an aid to obtaining the exact sequence of events, stress has been laid on the study of a series of stages preserved at short intervals, from a single lot of eggs fertilized at the same time. Every period of the embryonic development has been covered repeatedly in this way, an entire spawning of eggs being sometimes used in the study of three or four stages as distinguished in this account. Thus not only a close series, but a large number of embryos in each stage, representing several different spawnings, have been studied, so that the typical course of development could readily be distinguished from variations or abnormalities.

Moreover, the entire embryonic and larval history has been carefully followed in living material, repeatedly and for the most part with embryos freshly collected. The study of living material is of especial importance in the late cleavage and gastrula stages of Cryptobranchus ; for in these stages the translucent condition of parts of the unpigmented embryo enables one to


gain a fair idea of what is going on inside. The ciliation of the ectoderm of the late embryo, and some features of the circulatory system, are best studied in living material.

An accurate and complete time record (Section X) of the course of development has been obtained by comparison of many different records of material kept alive during long periods of time; these results were checked by observing the rate of development of material freshly collected. One lot of embryos, collected in the fall of 1906 at the time of the closure of the neural folds, were kept alive in the Zoological Laboratory of the' University of Michigan throughout the entire larval period, and their metamorphosis was observed at the end of the second year after fertilization. Specimens were preserved at intervals; shortly after metamorphosis the half-dozen remaining individuals died from causes unknown. Another lot of embryos collected in an advanced gastrula stage in the fall of 1910, were kept alive and in good condition in the Zoological Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin until May, 1911, when the last ones were preserved.

The study of external and internal structure has gone hand in hand, except for the post-gastrula stages; here, doubtful points in the interpretation of the external structure have in most cases been investigated by reference to serial sections.

In preparing the illustrations, composite or ideal figures have been avoided. Each drawing, unless otherwise specifically stated, is a faithful representation of an individual embryo; a sufficient variety of figures has been given to illustrate the most important deviations from the condition regarded as typical. All the drawings are the work of the author except figures 268 to 276 which were drawn by Prof. Bashford Dean and with his generous permission are here published for the first time; figure 203 which was kindly contributed by Dr. L. Hussakoff of the American Museum of Natural History; and figures 277 to 279 which were drawn by Miss Hedge of Columbia University.

The histological technique employed has already been given in Part I; it remains to record the methods used in photography. For embryonic stages, fixation in Solution B (see Part I) followed


by preservation in formalin, gives the best photographic results. While being photographed, the objects were immersed in water or formalin. Living larvae were anesthetized with chloretone. In all cases the exposure was made by daylight.

All the photographs with a magnification of X 4 were made with a Bausch and Lomb Zeiss Tessar 72 mm. lens, fitted to a long bellows Pony Premo No. 6 camera. The camera was fastened in an erect position by means of an improvised wooden frame. Figures 262, 264, 265 and 266 were taken with a Zeiss Unar Lens; figures 263 and 267 with a Zeiss Apochromatic Planar. Seed's Non-halation plates were used throughout; they were developed with Adurol.

All the negatives are the work of the author except figure 266 which was made by Miss Frances J. Dunbar of the University of Michigan.

The photographs are untouched, except in a very few cases for the purpose of correcting slight defects in the negatives.

VII. CLEAVAGE A . Description of cleavage by stages

Stage 1: {figs. 57 to 61 and 204). This stage is characterized by the presence of the first cleavage furrow only. The germinal area reaches nearly to the equator.

In artifically fertilized eggs the first cleavage furrow ordinarily appears about twenty-four hours after fertilization; the time may vary from eighteen to twenty-eight hours. The furrow begins as a pit, usually at the animal pole; it lengthens rapidly at first, then more slowly as it invades the regions of the egg more heavily laden with yolk. After the first cleavage furrow is well established, it becomes narrow in its middle portion, while still broad at the ends. The first cleavage furrow of the typical form becomes superficially complete in Stage 3 (third cleavage).

In the typical condition, the first cleavage furrow passes through the animal pole, and the division is equal (figs. 57 and 204). Variations from this condition occur. To test the amount of



variation, sixty eggs from a single spawning were examined in the first cleavage stage. In forty-eight cases the condition was of the typical character described above. In seven cases the first cleavage furrow was straight, but the cleavage unequal; figure 58 represents the extreme of this condition. In three cases, the first cleavage furrow passed through the animal pole, but its halves met at this pole to form an obtuse angle (fig. 59).




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Figs. 57 to 64 Types of first and second cleavage of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis. X 3|.

Fig. 57 The first cleavage furrow extends just to the equator, a little further than is usual before the appearance of the second furrow.

Fig. 62 The first cleavage furrow extends a little below the equator.

Fig. 64 The first cleavage furrow extends a little below the equator; the second furrow extends just to the equator.

In two cases the first cleavage furrow formed a semicircle about the animal pole (fig. 60) . In two cases from different spawnings, neither of which furnished the material for the above data, circular first cleavage (fig. 61) was found; in each case the animal pole was excentrically situated within the area bounded by the cleavage furrow.

Goodale ('11) reports a case of circular first cleavage in Spelerpes; the egg gave rise to a normal embryo. According to Eycleshymer ('04), in Necturus the cytoplasm is always unequally divided by the first cleavage, giving rise to blastomeres which in many cases are decidedly unequal.


Stage 2: (figs. 62 to 61^ and 205). The second cleavage furrow makes its appearance about six hours after the first, which by this time extends nearly to the equator of the egg. In the stage represented in figure 205, the first cleavage furrow has just reached the equator. The second cleavage furrow usually becomes superficially complete in Stage 4 (fourth cleavage) , quite uniformly meeting the first cleavage furrow at right angles at the vegetal pole.

The earliest indication of the second cleavage furrow is usually a roughness in the region of the animal pole where the second groove is to intersect the first. The occurrence of 'Faltenkranzen' - — a quivering of the surface with the formation of fine radiating or parallel wrinkles, which extend outward from the cleavage furrow — is quite marked at the time of the initiation of the second cleavage furrow. The cause of the formation of similar wrinkles in the frog's egg has been investigated by Charles B. Wilson ('96). For some time after its first appearance the second furrow is much broader, though of course shallower, than the first.

The second cleavage furrows usually depart from the same point as the first furrow, and proceed vertically, forming a single straight line at right angles to the first furrow (figs. 62 and 205). Occasionally the points of departure of the second furrows do not coincide, as shown in figures 63 and 64. The condition shown in figure 63 is rarely observed, and is transitional to that shown in figure 64, which is quite frequent. That portion of the first cleavage furrow lying between the points of departure of the second furrows may be called the polar furrow. As shown by the individual histories of a large number of eggs, in all cases in which a polar furrow is present the points of departure of the second cleavage furrows are separate from the beginning; the polar furrow at first exists as a part of the straight first cleavage furrow, but later becomes oblique through the shifting of cells. In no case in which the second cleavage furrows have their origin from the same point in the first cleavage furrow, has there ever been observed any shifting of cells during this or the following stage, of such a nature as to produce a polar furrow.



Comparison with the second cleavage of Necturus as figured by Eycleshymer ('04), Eycleshymer and Wilson ('10), and in some unpublished drawings of the living egg by Prof. Bashford Dean, leads to the conclusion that in Necturus there is much greater irregularity in the second cleavage than in Cryptobranchus.

Stage S: (figs. 65 to 72 and 206). The third cleavage furrows appear about five hours after the beginning of the second; hence the interval is shorter than that between the first and second. At the time when the third furrows begin, the first furrow has usually reached or passed the equator.



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As the cleavage furrows invade the more heavily yolk-laden lower hemisphere they become comparatively faint except at their extreme lower ends where they broaden out. During this stage the second and third cleavage furrows are in general broader than the first.

4-t the stage represented in figure 65, when the third furrows are well established but extend only a short distance from their



respective points of origin, the first cleavage furrow has reached the lower pole where its ends unite. The first cleavage furrow thus becomes superficially complete, thereby establishing the holoblastic character of the egg. That there is a strong meroblastic tendency is already apparent. In the region of the vegetal pole the first cleavage furrow is at first broad, but it later becomes narrow and faint.

With very few exceptions, the third cleavage furrows depart from the second furrow, at some little distance from its point of intersection with the first. In a previous paper (Smith '06) it was erroneously stated that the third cleavage furrows usually depart from the first furrow.

The third cleavage furrows ordinarily begin as two pits in the second furrow, equidistant from its point of intersection at the animal pole. From these two pits the third cleavage furrows ordinarily proceed in an approximately vertical direction (fig. 65), and do not become complete until a later stage (Stage 5).

From the time of the earliest appearance of the third cleavage furrows, the distances from the first cleavage furrow to their points of departure from the second remain unaltered; but the second cleavage furrow, originally straight, often becomes drawn into a zig-zag line, as shown in the figures.

As will be seen from a study of later stages, the third cleavage furrows rarely reach the vegetal pole, but as a rule extend obliquely in the lower hemisphere to join the^rs^ furrow at some distance from the lower pole (figs. 84 and 91 to 96). Hence the general statement may be made that the third cleavage furrows are intermediate between a true meridional and a true latitudinal cleavage but approach more nearly to the former type.

In the typical condition, the cleavage pattern has now lost its strictly radial, and acquired a biradial symmetry. I have purposel}!" avoided the use of the word bilateral in this connection, not only because it does not fit the case so well as the word biradial, but in order to avoid the inference that the condition has anything to do with the bilateral symmetry of the future embryo. As will be seen by consulting the figures, this biradial conditfon of the cleavage pattern persists in the lower hemisphere through


out the late cleavage stages, and in some eggs enables one to identify the early cleavage furrows even after the beginning of gastrulation.

Deviations from the type in Stage 3 show a series of conditions connecting the typical one with a true latitudinal third cleavage. In such cases the third cleavage furrow proceeds more obliquely, and at an earlier stage joins the first nearer the animal pole (figs. 68 to 72). In some cases one or more of the third cleavage furrows are truly latitudinal (figs. 70 to 72).

Rare cases occur in which a third cleavage furrow originates at the animal pole, or from a first cleavage furrow (see fig. 67 for an example of the latter case) ; occasionally, a third cleavage furrow may reach the vegetal pole, or unite with a second cleavage furrow near the vegetal pole (figs. 94 and 95).

In comparing the third cleavage pattern of Cryptobranchus with that of other forms, one of the most obvious generalizations brought out is that a vertical third cleavage is characteristic of heavil}' yolk-laden and highly telolecithal eggs: e.g., the squid (Watase '91); Amia (Dean '96, Whitman and Eycleshymer '97); Lepidosteus (Dean '95, Eycleshymer '99); Acipenser (Dean '95); Ctenolabrus (Agassiz and Whitman '84); Serranus (H. V. Wilson '91); Ceratodus (Semon '00 and '01); Lepidosiren (Kerr '00 and '09); Cryptobranchus japonicus (deBussy '04 and '05); and the pigeon (Blount '07). But the rule is not absolute; concerning the third cleavage of Necturus, Eycleshymer ('04) says: "In most cases the cleavage grooves are irregularly formed and it might be said that the variations are so numerous and so diverse that a special description must be written for each egg." From this statement and an inspection of his figures (see also Eycleshymer and Wilson '10), it appears that a type cannot be recognized for the thii d cleavage of this egg ; that the irregularity is greater than in the case of Cryptobranchus and that there is a more marked tendency for the third cleavage furrows to come in latitudinally. My material for the very early cleavage stages of Necturus is too scanty to enable me to form any conclusion based on direct observa;tions, but some unpublished figures of the early cleavage of Necturus drawn from the living egg by


Prof. Bashford Dean give confirmatory evidence of the irregularity of the third cleavage furrows. In Desmognathus the third cleavage furrows were vertical and regular in the few eggs studied by Wilder ('04); the third furrows depart from an earlier cleavage furrow at some distance from the animal pole. But Hilton ('04 and '09), who examined a considerable number of eggs of Desmognathus in this stage, states that this regular and vertical form of cleavage occurred in only two or three eggs; in the others the third cleavage was irregular. In Diemyctylus (Jordan '93) there is still greater irregularity in the third cleavage than is recorded for Necturus or Desmognathus: "With the completion of the second furrow all consistent regularity is at an end."

In eggs less heavily yolk-laden, as in Amblystoma (Eycleshymer '95) and the frog, the third cleavage is latitudinal.

Especially interesting from a comparative point of view are Budgett's observations on the cleavage of the crossopterygian Polypterus as given by Kerr ('07). "From Budgett's pen and ink sketch .... we can see that the segmentation is at first characterized by its almost absolutely equal character. We may infer with considerable certainty that the two meridional furrows are succeeded by a latitudinal one which is practically equatorial." The egg of Polypterus is small, having a diameter of a little over one millimeter.

In urodeles we find a condition intermediate between the vertical third cleavage characteristic of the fishes generally, and the latitudinal third cleavage of the anura. In Cryptobranchus the vertical type prevails; in Desmognathus, Necturus and Diemyctylus there is increasing irregularity; in Amblystoma the third cleavage is latitudinal. The possible phylogenetic significance of the cleavage of Crytpobranchus will be considered later.

As a rather general rule, in eggs in which the third cleavage is usually vertical, the third furrows depart from the second rather than from the first or from the animal pole. As has already been seen in the case of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, this rule is by no means absolute; but in general it applies also to the squid, and to the teleosts (e.g., Ctenolabrus, Serranus). DeBussy ('04 and '05) has described the cleavage stages of


Cryptobranchus japonicus; his material was meager and lacked first and second cleavage stages. He states ('05) that in the five eggs examined in the third cleavage stage, all the third furrows are approximately meridional. His figures ('04) represent the third furrows departing most frequently from the first cleavage furrow, sometimes from the second, sometimes from the animal pole. In the urodele Hynobius (Kunitomo '10) the cleavage pattern in this stage resembles that of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, except that the third furrows do not so often depart fiom the second furrow. In Amia, Whitman and Eycleshymer ('97) describe the third cleavage furrow as follows :

In the majority of cases they are vertical .... They generally all depart from one or the other of the first two meridionals, thus giving rise to a distinct bilateral appearance .... It oftens occurs that one or more of the set depart from the first meridional, while the rest depart from the second, or vice versa.

Stage 4: (figs. 73 to 84 and 207 to 209). This stage is characterized by the appearance of the fourth cleavage furrows, giving, when complete, sixteen cells. As will appear from the following observations, the number of micromeres is not constant, but varies from four to eight.

The fourth cleavage furrows appear about four hours after the beginning of the third, and about thirty-nine hours after fertilization. Ordinarily they begin as two grooves, cutting the first cleavage furrow at right angles', on each side of the second and a short distance from it (figs. 73 and 74). Thus in position and direction the fourth cleavage furrows alternate with the third, which cut the second at approximately right angles. The fourth cleavage is the first one to cut off micromeres from macromeres, and the division is very unequal.

In a given lot of eggs the sixteen-cell stage is reached quite uniformly at the same time, but with so much variation in the direction of the fourth cleavage furrows that at first sight no uniformity is recognizable. By the study of a large number of eggs the following generalizations are established:

(a) In each quadrant, one macromere is cut off between the first and second cleavage furrows, giving in each egg a minimum of four micromeres (fig. 74).



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Figs. 73 to 81 Fourth cleavage of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, X 4t. All the figures are of the upper hemisphere. Figure 73 and 74 are drawn from the living egg; the others are camera drawings from preserved material. Figures 73 and 74 represent early stages of fourth cleavage; figurp 80 is from the same egg shown in figure 74, representing the condition three hours later. Figure 81 is drawn from the egg photographed for figure 209.

(b) From, the third cleavage furrows the remaining four parts of the fourth cleavage furrows may continue latitudinallj, forming a complete circle or oval enclosing eight micromeres (fig. 81) ; or one or more of these four parts may continue approx


imately parallel to the second cleavage furrow, extending vertically and increasing the number of macromeres instead of cutting off micromeres (figs. 75 to 80). Thus while the total number of cells is always sixteen, the number of micromeres varies from four to eight.

We thus get as one extreme type an approximately latitudinal fourth cleavage furrow; as the other extreme a fourth cleavage furrow divided into two separate grooves, one on each side of the second furrow and approximately parallel to it and to each other. Between these two extremes we find examples of all possible intermediate conditions.

With regard to the manner of fourth cleavage, eggs of this stage may be classified into five types, depending on the num.ber of micromeres present. For the purpose of such a classification, irregularities in the third cleavage must be allowed for: in cases where the third cleavage has come in diagonally or latitudinally to cut off a small cell, such a cell is divided by the fourth cleavage into two small cells, of which onlv the one nearer the pole is to be counted as a micromere (fig. 77) .

To determine the mode, twenty -five eggs were examined in the sixteen-cell stage, and the results tabulated as follows:

Number of micromeres 8 7 6 5 4

Number of cases 4 7 8 3 3

The table shows that the most frequent manner of cleavage is intermediate between the two extremes described.

In the majority of cases the micromeres are arranged with considerable regularity ifl two parallel rows, separated by the second cleavage furrow (see especially figs. 78 and 80). This is the necessary result of the biradial symmetry instituted by the normal mode of third cleavage, providing there is no extensive shifting of the micromeres. The condition reminds one of the cleavage pattern of the corresponding stage of the teleost


Through a shifting of the micromeres, the biradial symmetry of the cleavage pattern of the blastodisc is usually interfered with (figs. 75 to 81). In this region, the first and second cleav



age furrows become irregular and broken to an extent never observed in earlier stages. Outside of the region of the micromeres, the biradial pattern of cleavage is retained.

In this as in other cleavage stages the most recent furrows, and especially the most recent portions of such furrows, are in general quite noticeably the widest. This fact once established may be made use of in connection with other evidence to identify cleavage furrows. The broadening of the ends of the vertical furrows as they invade the lower hemisphere is a fairly constant feature of the cleavage; as shown by unpublished drawings from living material by Prof. Bashford Dean, it is also well expressed in the eggs of Necturus.

Figs 82 to 84 allegheniensis. 41.

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Fig. 82 Lower hemisphere of the egg shown in figure 208.

Fig. 83 Lower hemisphere of the egg shown in figure 76. This figure would serve equally well to represent the lower hemisphere of the egg drawn for figure 75. Fig. 84 Lower hemisphere of the egg represented in figure 80.

In the majority of eggs of this stage* the second cleavage furrows have reached the lower pole, and the third furrows have just passed the equator (figs. 82 to 84). The second cleavage furrows intersect the first at right angles at the lower pole. For some distance on each side of the pole the second cleavage furrows are for a time markedly wider than the first. The second furrows are further distinguished by the fact that the third furrows run closer to them than to the first. In the latter part of this stage the third furrows sometimes become complete (fig. 84), as a rule joining the first at some distance from the pole.


The biradial pattern of cleavage is thus preserved in the lower hemisphere, and throughout the later cleavage stages affords a trustworthy means of distinguishing first and second cleavage furrows in this region.

The fate of the fourth cleavage furrows that proceed vertically must be studied in later stages. They usually join the second furrow before reaching the lower pole (figs. 92 and 96).

In a given egg the micromeres vary somewhat in size; but a comparison of seventeen carefully drawn camera figures, and the examination of a large number of additional eggs, lead to the conclusion that in this stage there is no regularity in the distribution of large and small cells among the micromeres.

DeBussy's ('04) single figure of the fourth cleavage stage of Cryptobranchus japonicus shows six miciomeres surrounded by an approximately circular cleavage furrow, and two recent furrows extending for a short distance vertically.

In Desmognathus, according to Wilder ('04), the fourth cleavage is latitudinal ; this conclusion was based on the study of material very limited in amount. Hilton ('09) states that in a large number of eggs he has found only a few which exhibit so regular a type of cleavage as described in Wilder's eight cell and later stages.

In Hynobius (Kunitomo '10), the fourth cleavage furrows are more uniformly latitudinal than in Cryptobranchus allegheniensis. In Necturus (Eycleshymer '04; Eycleshymer and Wilson '10) and Diemyctylus (Jordan '93) a type is no longer recognizable.

In Ceratodus (Semon '00 and '01) the fourth cleavage is latitudinal. Amia (Dean '96; Whitman and Eycleshymer '97) and Lepidosteus (Dean '95; Eycleshymer '99) resemble the type with four micromeres described for Cryptobranchus allegheniensis.

Stage 5: (figs. 85 to 96; 210 and 211. This stage is reached about four hours later than Stage 4. It is characterized by the presence of the fifth cleavage furrows, giving a maximum of thirty- two cells, some incompletely divided. More than half of these cells are micromeres.



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Figs. 85 to 90 Upper hemispheres of eggs of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in the fifth cleavage stage. All the figures are camera drawings from preserved material. Figure 86 is drawn from the egg photographed for figure 211, and figure 87 from the egg photographed for figure 210. X 4f .

The careful study of a large number of eggs emphasizes irregularity in this cleavage and the absence of a well established type. Two sets of fifth cleavage furrows are often recognizable: an inner, within the former region of micromeres, and an outer, just outside of this region. Either set may be, in whole or in part, vertical, latitudinal or oblique (see especially figure 85 for an example of outer, and figure 89 foi an example of inner latitudinal cleavage furrows). A study of the most regular cases of cleavage described under Stage 6 shows that in these eggs the fifth cleavage furrows must have come in with greater regularity than in any eggs directly observed in the fifth cleavage stage : these fifth cleavage furrows are almost uniformly vertical, thus preserving the regular alternation in the direction of the furrows.



By the shifting of micromeres the biradial symmetry due to the mamier of third cleavage is usually lost in the blastodisc, and unless the egg has been kept under continuous observation it becomes in most cases impossible to trace the first and second cleavage furrows entirely through the region of micromeres.

In preserved material, nuclei are visible from the surface in some of the micromeres of this and the following stages, indicating that these cells are becoming flattened out.

As already noted, in this stage if not in the preceding one, the third cleavage furrows become complete, usually joining the first at some distance from the pole (figs. 91 to 96). This apparent avoidance of the pole by the third cleavage furrow is doubt

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Figs. 91 to 96 Lower hemispheres of eggs of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in the fifth cleavage stage. All the figures are camera drawings from preserved material. Figure 93 shows a persistent sperm pit (see Part I, Smith '12). X 4f .

Fig. 91 Lower hemisphere of the egg whose upper hemisphere is shown in figure 87.

Fig. 96 Lower hemisphere of the egg whose upper hemisphere is shown in figure 85. The fourth cleavage furrows have extended further than is usual in eggs of this stage.


less the mechanical result of the location of the earlier course of the third furrows nearer to the first than to the second; they swerve from the vertical toward the nearest existing cleavage furrow. An analogous pattern may sometimes be observed in the cracking of the corners of a section of cement walk.

I have observed this biradial cleavage pattern in corresponding stages of the lower hemisphere of occasional eggs of Necturus; it is clearly expressed in the cleavage of Desmognathus as figured by Wilder ('04) and Hilton ('04 and '09).

The same tendency to join the nearest existing vertical furrow is shown by those fourth cleavage furrows, as a rule not yet complete, that come in vertically. They usually join the second furrow, at a much greater distance from the lower pole than the intersection of the third with the first.

In the vicinity of the vegetal pole, both first and second cleavage furrows are now only faintly expressed.

In about half the eggs of this stage cell division has proceeded a little more rapidly on one side of the egg than on the other; the cells are smaller in surface view, more numerous, and the cleavage furrows are more uniformly complete (figs. 87, 88 and 210). Thus there is an excentric development of the blastodisc, whereby a condition of bilateral symmetry in the cleavage pattern is produced. This excentric development is a more constant feature in the stages immediately following. The question naturally arises whether this bilateral symmetry in the cleavage pattern has any morphogenetic significance: is it the outward expression of the establishment of the permanent bilateral symmetry and antero-posterior differentiation of the embryo? In other words, does the axis of bilateral symmetry in the cleavage pattern fall in the median plane of the future embryo? This question will be considered in a later paper, in connection with ^le study of the internal development.

Such an excentric development of the blastodisc has been described for Amblystoma and Necturus by Eycleshymer ('95 and '04), who cites similar observations on other vertebrates by various writers'. Eycleshymer speaks of a "second area of accelerated cell division" as distinguished from the primary area


of cell division at the animal pole. In Cryptobranchus what happens seems to be a shifting of the most active area of cell division to an excentric position in the blastodisc; hence I have preferred to speak of it merely as a process of excentric development.

No constant relation exists between the axis of bilateral symmetry due to excentric development and the original direction of the first cleavage furrow as shown by those portions of it that have not undergone shifting. The two may coincide (fig. 88) ; they may be at right angles to one another; they may be oblique (fig. 87).

As already indicated, in this stage the cleavage pattern of Necturus bears a strong resemblance to that of Cryptobranchus allegheriensis, but there is this marked difference: the third cleavage furrows of Necturus, when vertical, usually join the first at a greater distance from the vegetal pole, in the region of the equator. In most eggs of Necturus examined in this stage only the first two cleavage furrows extend into the lower hemisphere; these usually meet at right angles at the vegetal pole. Thus the cleavage of Necturus in this stage seems to show an even stronger tendency toward the meroblastic condition. But this is merely a consequence of the tendency for the third cleavage furrows to come in obliquely or latitudinally; a comparison of later stages shows that the meroblastic tendency is in reality a trifle less strongly expressed in Necturus (figs. 107 and 108) than in Cryptobranchus.

In Amia (Dean '96; Whitman and Eycleshymer '97) the fifth cleavage furrows appear in two sets: an outer set cutting the eight macromeres latitudinally; and an inner set cutting the four micromeres in a horizontol plane, hence not visible from the surface.

Stage 6: (figs. 97 to 102 and 212 to 21 4). This stage is characterized by the presence of the sixth cleavage furrow, giving a maximum of sixty-four cells, some of the macromeres being incompletely divided. Considerably more than half the cells are micromeres; these occupy an area whose diameter extends over only about 90° of the circumference of the egg. Hence the mero




9 102

Figs. 97 to 102 Sixth cleavage (Stage 6) of Cryptobranchus alleglicniensis. Figures 100 to 102 show upper hemisphere, equatorial view, and lower hemisphere, respectively, of the same egg. All of the figures are camera drawings from preserved material. Figure 98 is drawn from the egg photographed for figure 212. X 7.



blastic tendency is strongly expressed. This stage is reached about four hours later than the beginning of the preceding stage.

A description of a few individual eggs will best indicate the characteristics of this cleavage.

Out of about fifty eggs studied, the one represented in figure 97 shows the greatest regularity of cleavage in the upper hemisphere. This condition must have been reached by a fairly constant alternation of vertical and latitudinal cleavage furrows. This alternation of cleavage furrows carried out with completeness and geometrical precision would give a total of sixty-four cells, consisting of forty-eight micromeres and sixteen macromeres-; the micromeres would be arranged in three concentric rows, each containing sixteen cells. In the egg under consideration, this condition is realized in the outer row of cells, which is quite regular and contains the theoretical number, sixteen. But the total number of micromeres is only thirty-nine, hence a deficiency must exist in the central portion of the blastodisc, or some divisions in this region must have taken place horizontally. Sections show that no horizontal divisions ' have taken place in this region; on the other hand divisions parallel to the surface have sometimes occurred in the marginal row of micromeres. Therefore cell division is taking place more rapidl}^ in the marginal than in the central region of micromeres— a condition which may be the beginning of that accelerated development of the margin, the later expression of which is almost wholly internal.

A study of other eggs showing a fairly regular alternation of cleavage furrows gives additional evidence for this interpretation (e.g., fig. 100, representing an egg with 39 or 40 micromeres).. While eggs with this degree of regularity in the cleavage pattern are the exception rather than the rule, it is felt that evidence derived from them is especially trustworthy; for in such eggs the equilibrium in the rhythmic alternation of the direction of cell division has been best maintained, and the rather uniform lagging-behind of the divisions of the cells in the central area would seem to be the expression of a normal tendency in the life of the embryo. In eggs which show disturbances in this equi


libriiini, discordant factors are more likely to be present to obscure the normal expression of the course of development.

The sixth cleavage furrows of the outer set, when latitudinal, divide the macromeres very unequally, cutting off additional micromeres. The number of micromeres, and the extent of the blastodisc, is increased by such latitudinal divisions; the number of macromeres is increased by the sixth cleavage furrows only when these come in vertically.

In a few eggs, as the one shown in figure 99, there is a marked tendency for the sixth cleavage furrows to come in vertically. Here, as noted in an earlier stage, the embryo seems to be oscillating between two possible modes of cleavage; but the tendency to preserve the regular alternation of cleavage furrows is usually the stronger.

The most marked tendency to vary from the regular pattern of cleavage occurs along the line of excentric development of the blastodisc (figs. 98 and 212), as described under Stage 5. The majority of eggs exhibit this tendency in some degree.

We have then, in the cleavage pattern of this stage, two tendencies toward differentiation of the blastodisc: (a) an accelerated cell division in the marginal portion, pointing toward the formation of the germ ring; and (b) an accelerated cell division about a radius of the blastodisc, giving a condition of bilateral symmetry.

DeBussy's figure ('05, fig. 10) representing the blastodisc of an embryo of Cryptobranchus japonicus with forty micromeres strongly suggests excentric development; on one side of the first cleavage furrow only three cleavage furrows reach the equator, on the other side nine. But the author remarks (p. 530) that he has observed no secondary center of accelerated cell division such as has been described by Eycleshymer for Necturus.

A comparison with earlier stages shows that there is an increasing tendency for the micromeres, following a familiar law of developmental mechanics, to lose their original quadrangular or triangular outline and become hexagonal.

In the living egg, the roof of the segmentation cavity is somewhat translucent, and spaces communicating with the cavity


beneath sometimes appear between the cells. Evidently the roof consists of a single layer of flattened cells; this inference is confirmed by the study of sections.

On account of the slow cleavage and relative stability of the macromeres, there is little change in the cleavage pattern of the lower hemisphere. An advance is shown in that the vertical fifth cleavage furrows have invaded the lower hemisphere (fig. 102), Those fourth cleavage furrows that proceed vertically are seldom complete in this stage, but sometimes are found joining an earlier vertical furrow at a considerable distance from the vegetal pole.

In this stage the most regular type of cleavage pattern of Cryptobranchus bears a striking resemblance to the corresponding stage of Amia (Dean '96; Whitman and Eycleshymer '97).

Since Stage 6 of the egg of Cryptobranchus best serves to illustrate the fundamental characteristics of the cleavage pattern, particularly with regard to the relative size of the micromeres and macromeres, at this point a comparison may well be made with the dipnoi and crossopterygii . The general anuran or urodele character of the cleavage of the dipnoan egg is apparent in all existing genera: Ceratodus (Semon '00 and '01); Protopterus (Budgett '01; Kerr '09); and Lepidosiren (Kerr '00, '01 and '09). With respect to inequality in the cleavage, Lepidosiren in particular closely approaches the condition in Cryptobranchus and Necturus. The cleavage of Polypterus (Kerr '07) bears a general resemblance to that of Amblystoma and the frog.

Stage 7: {figs. 103 to 105; 215 and 216). This stage is characterized by a doubling of the number of cells found in the preceding stage, and by a slight extension of the region occupied by the micromeres. The stage is reached about four hours later than Stage 6.

Figures 103 and 104 show a fairly representative egg in this stage. The cells in the region of the animal pole are markedly larger than the other micromeres. This condition may be due to one or both of two factors : (a) the flattening of the cells composing the roof of the segmentation cavity; (b) a slower rate of division in these cells, as noted in Stage 6. There is marked




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Figs. 103 to 105 Surface views of eggs of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in Stage 7, showing cleavage furrows. Figures 103 and 104 represent upper and lower hemispheres, respectively, of the same egg. Camera drawings from preserved material. X 7.

Fig. 106 Flquatorial view of an egg in Stage 8, showing cleavage pattern. Camera drawing from preserved material. X 7.

activity in cell division in an area excentrically situated, though this is not so apparent in the particular egg under consideration as in some other eggs in the same stage. In the lower hemisphere, the biradial character of the cleavage pattern is preserved and accentuated.

In the egg represented in figure 105 we see the beginning of a process of fundamental importance in the further history of


the embryo — the phenomenon of imiyiigration of cells from the single-layered roof of the segmentation cavity. In a surface view, it is evident that some of the cells in the excentrically situated area of most rapid cell division are partially submerged. They are not merely smaller superficially than the other micromeres, but are sunken below the general surface and present the appearance of being crowded inward. Their condition will be further described in a consideration of the internal development; their later history and fate form an important phase of the process of embryo-formation.

In most eggs of this stage, at the margin of the blastodisc oblique furrows (probably fifth cleavage furrows) occasionally cut off cells intermediate in size between micromeres and macromeres. In the lower hemisphere some recent furrows, presumably fifth cleavage furrows, usually extend well toward the vicinity of the vegetal pole. The macromeres are, as a rule, long, narrow and wedge-shaped. On account of the segregation of most of the protoplasm within the region of the blastodisc, all latitudinal divisions of the macromeres are very unequal, cutting off new micromeres instead of increasing the number of macromeres. In the living egg, the roof of the segmentation cavity still appears somewhat translucent, and spaces sometimes occur between these cells; but neither of these conditions is so marked as in the preceding stage.

Stage 8: (figs. 106 and 217). This stage is reached about twelve hours later thkn Stage 7; it is best described by reference to the figures. The micromeres have become much more numerous and smaller; there is a slight extension of their area. There is a more gradual transition, or gradation in the size of the cells, between micromeres and macromeres. In the lower hemisphere the fifth cleavage furrows have, as a rule, become complete; they rarely reach the lower pole, but join an earlier furrow at some distance from the vegetal pole. Biradiality of the cleavage pattern still enables one, as a rule, to distinguish first and second cleavage furrows in this hemisphere.

In the upper hem' sphere the excentric area of accelerated cell division noted in the preceding stages is usually quite marked.


In preserved material the nuclei of the niicromeres are often easily distinj»;uishable in surface views,

In the living egg, the roof of the segmentation cavity has become quite opaque, and the cells are compactly arranged. During the latter part of this stage a translucent condition begins to appear at the animal pole, indicating a thinning-out of the cells in this region, as in Stage 6; but this time the cells form a firm tissue, with no spaces between them.

In Necturus the cleavage furrows in the region of the vegetal pole are fainter than in Cryptobranchus ; this condition is reversed

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Figs. 107 and 108 Advanced cleavage stage of Necturus maculosus. . Two views of a single egg, photographed after preservation. X 4.

in the upper hemisphere, where the micromeres are outlined far more boldly in Necturus (figs. 107 and 108) than in Cryptobranchus (both statements refer to preserved material, fixed by the same method).

Stage 9: (Jigs. 109, 110 and 218). This stage is reached about nineteen hours later than the preceding stage. Individual micromeres in the region of the animal pole are barely visible to the naked eye. The zone of transition between micromeres and macromeres has become broader and more marked. An excentrically situated area of accelerated cell division in the micromeres is only occasionally found in surface views of this stage.


In the living egg, the roof of the segmentation cavity appears as a translucent tissue throughout a circular area about 40 degrees in diameter in the region of the animal pole. This indicates a decided thinning-out of the cells of this region.

Biradiality of the cleavage pattern of the lower hemisphere still enables one to distinguish in many embryos, though not in all, the first and second cleavage furrows. Usually two or three cells quite small in surface view occur at the vegetal pole; they are quite characteristic of this and the following stage, but are sometimes found in the preceding stage. At the vegetal

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Figs. 109 and 110 Stage 9 of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis. Equatorial view and lower hemisphere of different eggs, showing cleavage pattern. Camera drawings from preserved material. X 7.

pole the cleavage furrows, both in living and preserved material, are sometimes both broad and deep, forming quite noticeable fissures; a similar condition is common in Amblystoma (Eycleshymer '95). In Cryptobranchus this condition is in marked contrast to the stage immediately preceding, in which the furrows in this region were faint. In Necturus, on account of the variability of the third cleavage furrows, the biradial pattern of the macromeres is not so clearly expressed as in the egg of Cryptobranchus.

Stage 10: {figs. Ill, 112 and 219). This stage, reached a day or two later than Stage 9, immediately precedes the beginning of gastrulation. The micromeres at the upper pole are invisible



to the naked eye, and barely distinguishable with the magnification used for photographing ( X 4) . The area occupied by the micromeres extends approximately to the equator, though the broad zone of transition makes it difficult to define. In the vicinity of the vegetal pole, the cleavage furrows have again become faint; in many cases, in preserved material, they are distinguishable as fine lines lighter in color than the general surface, rather than as actual grooves. For the accurate study of these furrows in this and the following stage, a binocular microscope is usually required. When their boundaries are distinct, on account of their large size the macromeres are readily seen with the naked eye.

Figs. Ill and 112 Lower hemispheres of two eggs of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in Stage 10, showing cleavage pattern. The embryo shown in figure 112 is slightly older than the one represented in figure HI. Camera drawings from preserved material. In each egg, the lower pole as determined by gravity lies at the center of the figure; the vegetal pole, at the intersection of the first two cleavage furrows, is slightly above this point. The upper part of each figure represents the side on which the blastopore is to appear. X 7.

Usually, the cleavage pattern of the lower hemisphere retains enough of its earlier bilateral symmetry to enable one to distinguish first and second cleavage furrows. The vegetal pole, since it occurs at the intersection of the first two cleavage furrows, may in most cases still be determined quite accurately and conveniently by means of the cleavage pattern. As shown in figures 111 and 112, the vegetal pole is excentrically located in the area occupied by the macromeres; a more rapid multiplication of cells has occurred on one side of this area, so that on this side


the micromeres and transitional cells approach nearer the vegetal pole. A meridian drawn through the vegetal pole and the center of the area occupied by the macromeres defines the axis of excentricity; this axis bears no constant relation to the first cleavage furrow and the axes of biradial symmetry determined by the early cleavage furrows. The biradial symmetry of the cleavage pattern is of course somewhat disguised by the more rapid multiplication of cells at one end of the axis of excentricity.

In this stage occurs a slight tilting of the morphological axis of the egg within a meridional plane determined by the axis of excentricity, so that the vegetal pole no longer coincides with the lower pole as determined by gravity. The vegetal pole is shghtly uptilted on the side where the more rapid multiplication of cells occurs, hence the meridian defining the axis of excentricity passes also through the new pole determined by gravity. This new pole at first lies intermediate between the vegetal pole and the center of the area occupied by the macromeres; in later stages, through continued tilting of the egg in the same direction, it comes to lie beyond this center. Throughout the ensuing stages we must distinguish between the morphological axis of the egg as determined by the animal and vegetal poles, and the vertical axis determined by gravity. The method of locating the vertical axis, and exact measurement of the amount of rotation, will be given in the following stage.

If the egg be sectioned along the axis of excentricity the internal structure, to be described later, shows that this axis lies in the sagittal plane of the embryo ; the side on which the small cells approach nearer to the vegetal pole is the one on which the blastopore is to appear. Thus the excentric position of the vegetal pole within the area occupied by the macromeres enables one to orient the egg with reference to future body regions.

In perhaps the majority of cases, the transition from large to small cells is more evenly graded on the side where it occurs nearest to the vegetal pole, than on the opposite side where it is characterized by a rather abrupt line of demarcation (figs. Ill and 112). This feature, when present, gives a true bilateral symmetry to the cleavage pattern of the lower hemisphere; the axis of this bilateral symmetry coincides with the axis of excen


tricity previously defined, hence lies in the sagittal plane of the embryo. The excen.tric position of the vegetal pole within the area occupied by the macromeres, and the bilateral character of the cleavage in this region, are more marked in many eggs taken inmediately after the beginning of gastrulation; these features are usually better expressed than in the eggs shown in figures 111 and 112, which were chosen because the distinctness of the early cleavage furrows enabled them to be drawn with the camera lucida. Schultze ('00, Taf. 11, fig. 12) has described a similar bilaterality in the late cleavage of the lower hemisphere of the frog's egg.

The question of the possible relation of the excentric and bilateral development of the lower hemisphere just described, to the excentric development of the blastodisc noted in previous stages, will be discussed in a later paper.

In the living egg, the roof of the segmentation cavity, though apparently thin, is not quite so translucent as in the preceding stage. It is, however, noticeably more translucent on the side toward the future blastopore, and on this side the transition to the opaque yolk cells is more abrupt.

During the late stages of cleavage, a tendency toward fading out of the cleavage furrows in the vicinity of the vegetal pole has been noted. In some individual cases this process has gone so far that the earlier cleavage furrows are lost to view, even when searched for with the binocular microscope. This tendency may be interpreted as due to a difficulty in sustaining the holoblastic method of cleavage in an egg so heavily laden with yolk. In the corresponding stages of Necturus, this tendency is even more marked. My study of the cleavage pattern of the lower hemisphere of the late segmentation stages of both Cryptobranchus and Necturus has been confined to preserved material, but Professor Dean informs me that he has noticed this merging of lower blastomeres in the late segmentation stages of the living eggs of Necturus. My Necturus material is not so favorable as the egg of Cryptobranchus for the study of the cleavage pattern in this stage, so a detailed comparison will not be attempted.

In the very late cleavage stages of Cryptobranchus japonicus, Ishikawa ('08 and '09) describes a shallow furrow ('Scheidewand


furche' or 'septal furrow') bounding the posterior margin of the roof of the segmentation cavity, parallel to the future blastopore. Such a furrow does not normally occur in this stage of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, but a similar furrow makes its appearance shortly after the beginning of gastrulation.

B. Summary

The cleavage is holoblastic, but with great inequality in the size of the micromeres as compared with the macromeres.

Biradial symmetry of the cleavage pattern begins with the third cleavage stage. In the upper hemisphere, as a consequence of the shifting of the micromeres, this biradial symmetry is lost at about the fifth cleavage stage. In the lower hemisphere, because of the slow cleavage and stability of the macromeres, it persists until after the beginning of gastrulation, and in some eggs enables one to distinguish first and second cleavage furrows even after the blastopore has appeared.

An excentrically situated area of unusually small micromeres is apparent in surface views of most eggs in Stages 5 to 8 inclusive; the cleavage pattern of such eggs thus possesses bilateral symmetry.

In the sixth cleavage stage there is more rapid cell division in the marginal region of the micromeres than in the region of the animal pole. The later expression of this tendency is almost wholly internal.

In Stages 7 and 8 some of the superficially smaller micromeres are becoming submerged through a process of immigration.

In the later cleavage stages there is a tendency for the cleavage furrows to become less distinct than formerly in the region of the vegetal pole, indicating a difficulty in sustaining the holoblastic character of the cleavage in an egg so heavily laden with yolk; the same tendency is observed in Necturus.

In late segmentation immediately preceding gastrulation the cleavage pattern enables one to predict the side on which the blastopore is to appear; the egg undergoes a slight rotation, on a horizontal axis at right angles to the median plane.




A. Description hij nUiges

Stage 11: (figs. 113 to 137 and 220 to 222). This stage extends from the time of the first appearance of the blastopore as a short horizontal groove until its ends meet to form a complete circle. In eggs kept in their natural environment, gastrulation begins about seven days after fertilization and two days after the beginning of Stage 10.

Figs. 113 and 114 Lower hemispheres of two eggs of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in an early gastrida stage, showing cleavage furrows. The vertical axis as determined by gravity lies at the center of each figure; the vegetal pole, at the intersection of the first two cleavage furrows, is about 7 degrees above the vertical pole. \n figure 113 the first cleavage furrow lies approximately in the median plane of the gastruhi; in figure 114 it is at right angles to this plane. Camera drawings, finished under the binocuhir, from jjreserved material. X 8.

The blastopore is first distinguished as a shallow irregular and broken horizontal groove two or three millimeters in length, lying about 15 degrees below the equator. It occurs at the upper limit of transitional cells between micromeres and macromeres, and its immediate site is distinguished by a rather abrupt demarcation between micromeres and distinctly larger transitional cells. The groove is started, not by a lining-up of cells and the union of cleavage furrows, as described by Eycleshymer ('95) for Amblystoma, but by the sinking-in of groups of entire cells



at intervals along a narrow zone several cells in width; hence from its very beginning the process is not a splitting-apart of cells, but invagination. The groove soon becomes continuous and deepens by the inturning of cells along both margins.

After the groove has reached a length of three millimeters or more, the process of invagination becomes accompanied by one of overgrowth or epiboly: the dorsal lip grows slowly down over

Fig. 115 Lower hemisphere of a gastrula of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, in a slightly later stage than the preceding, showing the lining-up of the cells within the horns of the blastopore. Freehand drawing from a photograph of preserved material. X 10.

the cells transitional between micromeres and macromeres (figs. 113 to 115). As shown in figure 115, the transitional cells just within the horns of the blastopore are elongated as if compressed; here the cells line up and lengthen out at right angles to a line connecting the horns of the blastopore.

After the blastoporic groove has attained the form of a semicircle (fig. 133), a zone of rather abrupt demarcation between micromeres and transitional cells completes the circle begun by the crescentic blastopore; this zone marks the site of the ventral lip of the blastopore. A little later, the blastoporic groove extends rapidly along this line of demarcation, becoming an almost


perfect circle, and enclosing a broad horseshoe-shaped band of transitional cells, within which lie the macromeres (fig. 138).

It has already been noted that a slight rotation of the egg on a horizontal axis has taken place in Stage 10, so that it is now necessary to distinguish between the morphological axis of the egg and the vertical axis determined by gravity, since the two no longer coincide. In the study of gastrulation this rotation must be taken into account, and some means must be found for measuring it. In studying the morphological features of the egg (position of blastopore, etc.) in their relation to the vertical axis, two general methods have been used: (a) the living egg, placed in a small vial of water, has been studied in side view and measurements made against a protractor used as a background; and (b) for accurately locating the vertical axis I have devised the following apparatus : a glass disc such as is used for an ocular micrometer was marked in the center with a small dot; a circle with a radius of 4 mm. was then drawn about this dot as a center. When this disc is placed in the eyepiece of a low-power microscope used in studying the eggs, the circle is just large enough to enclose the image of an egg. When the egg, immersed in water in a watch glass, is accurately placed so that its image is enclosed by the circle, the dot lies over the upper pole of the vertical axis ; this point is then marked by puncturing with a hot needle. The operation was first tried on living eggs, which were then fixed for further study; but since with the living egg even a small puncture in this region usually causes the embryo to collapse during the subsequent process of fixation, in general this method is less satisfactory with living than with preserved material. On account of the usually perfect preservation of the form of the egg by the fixing fluid employed, the results obtained by marking preserved material seem fairly trustworthy, especially when spherical eggs are selected and a large number used. The position of the upper vertical pole, thus marked, gives a reference point for correlating the morphological features of the egg with the vertical axis; the measurements were made by means of camera drawings.


In making these measurements, it is especially necessary to guard against using eggs with an unusually large yolk plug, since this is one of the commonest abnormalities. Moreover, even in perfectly normal eggs there is considerable variation in the position of the blastopore, so that a large number of eggs must be studied and averages taken. The results obtained by the two methods agree closely.

Since the blastopore, at the time of its first appearance is- only about 15 degrees below the horizontal equator and approximately parallel to it, the blastopore at first forms an arc of an imaginary circle whose diameter, measured along a meridian of the egg, is about 150 degrees. At the time when the blastopore has reached the form of a semicii cle, this diameter measures about 125 degrees; when the blastopore has become a complete circle the average diameter, in normal embryos, is only 94 degrees. Therefore the crescentic blastopore forms an arc of a circle of steadily diminishing diameter; the lips of the blastopore, and the entire germ ring (to be described in a later paper), contract as they progress slowly downward over the egg.

In preserved material the cleavage pattern of the macromeres is still fairly well defined ; by means of careful study with a binocular microscope it is usually possible to distinguish first and second cleavage furrows (figs. 113 and 114). This enables a direct comparison to be made between the direction of the first cleavage furrow and the median plane of the gastrula; this point will be discussed in a later paper. The identification of early cleavage furrows in this region is furthermore of importance in enabling one to determine the position of the vegetal pole, since this is located at the intersection of the first two cleavage furrows. Measurements show that at the time when the blastopore is first clearly established, the vegetal pole lies, on the average, 68 degrees below it, and 7 degrees above the lower pole of the vertical axis. At the time when the blastopore becomes a semicircle, the vegetal pole lies only 32 degrees below its dorsal lip; when the blastopore first becomes a complete circle the vegetal pole lies only 26 degrees below the dorsal margin of the yolk plug. During this time continued rotation of the egg has brought its












morphological axis to an angle of 44 degrees from the vertical; the ventral lip of the blastopore now lies about 24 degrees beyond the lower pole of the vertical axis. These changes are set forth diagrammatically in figures 134 to 137.

Two quantitative results of considerable importance are brought to light through the study of these data: (a) the dorsal lip of the blastopore has grown downward over the yolk cells for a distance of about 42 degrees; (b) the egg has rotated in the opposite direction about 37 degrees from its position at the beginning of gastrulation, making a total rotation of 44 degrees. At first, overgrowth is more rapid than rotation; at the time when the blastopore has reached the form of a semicircle its dorsal lip is 43 degrees below the horizontal equator. Later, rotation is more rapid than overgrowth, and at the time when the blastopore has become a complete circle its dorsal lip has been carried back to a position 20 degrees below the horizontal equator, only 5 degrees lower than its original position in space.

The changes in the upper hemisphere visible from the surface during the establishment of the blastopore are remarkable, since they afford clues to many important processes within. In the living egg especially, because of the translucent character of the upper hemisphere, one is able to get total views of many phases of gastrulation, such as could not be obtained from serial sections except by means of reconstructions. Except where otherwise noted, the following description is based on the study of the living egg.

At the very beginning of the process of gastrulation, the nearly transparent roof of the segmentation cavity is of quite uniform

Figs. 116 to 121 Stage 11 (gastrula) of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis. Camera drawings from preserved material. In all the figures, the upper vertical pole as determined by gravity lies toward the top of the page; blp., dorsal lip of the blastopore; f., fenestra (roof of the blastocoele differentiated into a window-like structure); s.f., septal furrow. X 7^.

Fig. 116 Lateral view of an early gastrula stage. The sharp differentiation of the fenestra is rather precocious in this egg.

Figs. 117 to 119 Lateral views of a characteristic series of later embryos.

Figs. 120 and 121 Antero-ventral views showing stages in the disappearance of the fenestra. Figure 120 is from the egg drawn for figure 119.


extent about the animal pole as a center, covering an area about 140 degrees in diameter. As gastrulation advances this clear area becomes encroached upon at its posterior margin (figs. 122 and 123) by the extension of the opaque material. Meanwhile the boundary of the roof of the blastocoele becomes more sharply defined; before the upgrowth of the postero-dorsal opaque region has reached the animal pole the margin of the blastocoele roof is usually bounded by a sharply defined furrow, the 'septal furrow' of Ishikawa (see below) — a characteristic and almost unique feature of the gastrulation of Cryptobranchus. The precise stage at which this furrow appears varies considerably in different eggs; figure 116 shows a case of unusually early appearance, figures 117, 125 and 126 a stage in which it is usually well established. Moreover, the distinctness of this groove varies greatly, particularly in eggs of different spawnings; in some lots of eggs the groove is established early and is very sharply marked, while in occasional lots of eggs it is almost absent.

The septal furrow appears first at the posterior margin of the roof of the segmentation cavity, then extends gradually around to its anterior margin; in its appearance and manner of extension

Figs. 122 to 133 Stage 11 (gastrula) of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis. Freehand drawings of the living eggs, viewed by both transmitted and reflected light; the proportions of the various parts are checked by comparison with camera drawings of preserved material. The drawings are oriented with respect to the vertical axis determined by gravity. The roof of the segmentation cavity is nearly transparent; the roof of the gastrocoele is quite translucent, or slightly opaque in the regions containing mesoderm; heavily yolk-laden regions are decidedly opaque; bci, roof of blastocoele; blp., dorsal lip of the blastopore; /., fenestra (roof of the blastocoele differentiated into a roof-like structure); gc, gastrocoele; m., region containing mesoderm. X 5.

Figs, 122 to 124 Upper hemisphere, lateral view and lower hemisphere of an egg in the beginning gastrula stage.

Figs. 125 and 126 Upper hemisphere and lateral view of an egg a little later than the preceding.

Figs. 127 to 129 Postero-dorsal view, upper hemisphere and lateral view of an egg slightly later than the preceding.

Fig. 130 Upper hemisphere of a slightly later egg.

Figs. 130 to 133 Upper hemisphere, postero-dorsal view and lower hemisphere of an egg near the close of Stage 11 (shortly before the appearance of the neural groove).


















it somewhat resembles a blastopore (fig. 221). Later, the groove becomes faint at its posterior margin, very pronounced at its antero-ventral margin (fig. 222) . The area enclosed by the groove diminishes in size with its forward movement; it also becomes almost transparent. Since throughout the remainder of its history this area strikingly resembles a window, I shall refer to it as the fenestra.

In material fixed in a modification of the bichromate-aceticformalin mixture (see Smith '12, Section III, Solution B) containing twice the usual amount of potassium bichromate, the fenestra is cut up into small polygonal areas separated by furrows that greatly resemble cleavage furrows (figs. 116 to 120 and 222; cf. Ishikawa, '08 and '09). These polygonal areas do not represent single cells; each comprises a group of several cells. The phenomenon is not entirely an artifact, since it often appears, though faintly, in the living egg. By this method of fixation the septal furrow is likewise accentuated.

Before describing the further history of the fenestra it is desirable to direct attention to some other changes in the upper hemisphere as observed in the living egg.

About the time that the fenestra becomes limited to the anterior half of the upper hemisphere by the upgrowth of the posterior margin of the opaque region, a translucent area, the roof of the gastrocoele, appears in this region of upgrowth (figs. 125 and 126). This translucent area is at first crescent-shaped; it is separated from the more transparent fenestra by an opaque band which is the outward expression of the septum separating the gastrocoele from the blastocoele.

As soon as the septum has advanced into the anterior half of the upper hemisphere, the translucency of the roof of the gastrocoele extends backward almost to the blastopore — evidently by the deepening of the gastrocoele in this region, admitting light. Meanwhile each postero-lateral margin of this region becomes bordered with a faint band of a slightly more opaque character — an effect due largely to the early mesoderm (figs. 127 to 129), though the entoderm is also concerned in producing it.


Later changes are concerned with the forward, or rather ventrad, progress of the septum and the increase in the extent of the translucent roof of the gastrocoele, with a correlated ventrad movement of the fenestra and a diminution of its area; there is a slight increase in the extent and opacity of the mesoderm (figs. 118 to 120 and 130 to 132). The fenestra finally closes just below the horizontal equator on the ventral side of the egg (fig. 121). The changes in the position and extent of the fenestra are shown diagrammatically in figures 134 to 137.

The foregoing detailed account of the progress of the septum as viewed from the exterior in the living egg of Cryptobranchus clears up whatever doubt may exist as to the significance of the 'shadowy area' described in the gastrula of Spelerpes by Goodale ('11) and confirms his suggestion as to the nature of this area.

Ishikawa ('08 and '09) describes in the early gastrula of Cryptobranchus japonicus a furrow bounding the roof of the blastocoele at its posterior margin, which he calls the 'Scheidewandfurche' or 'septal furrow.' As compared with the furrow of similar nature described above for C. allegheniensis, it is earlier in making its appearance, since it antedates the blastopore. The area later enclosed by this furrow has been named by Ishikawa the 'Keimhohlensegment' or 'blastocoele-segment' ; judging from his figures its later history is much the same as that of the corresponding structure, which I have preferred to call the 'fenestra,' in Cryptobranchus allegheniensis.

The only mention of similar structures which I can find in the literature on other forms is a description by Hatta ('07) of a groove which he calls the 'boundary groove' in the gastrula of Petromyzon. As compared with the septal furrow of Cryptobranchus this groove is greatly exaggerated in Petromyzon, constricting the egg so that in some cases it assumes an hour-glass form.

As suggested by Hatta, the boundary groove or septal furrow is passive in origin, and a product of gastrulation. Similar conditions have produced it in two such widely separated forms as Cryptobranchus and Petromyzon; in each case the egg contains considerable yolk, and the roof of the blastocoele is unusually











Fig. 134 Diagram of an egg of Cryptobranchus alleghenionsis in the beginning gastrula stage viewed from the lateral aspect, showing average amount of rotation, and the positions of the beginning blastopore and the septal furrow; blp., blastopore; m, morphological axis; s.f., septal furrow; v, vertical axis determined by gravity; v. p., vegetal pole.

Fig. 135 Similar diagram of a gastrula at the time when the blastopore reaches the form of a semicircle. Lettering as before.

Fig. 136 Similar diagram of a gastrula at the time when the blastopore first becomes a complete circle. Lettering as before.

Fig. 137 Combination of the preceding diagrams. The egg is shown in the posi*^ion assumed at the close of the period considered. The black band indicates the amount of overgrowth of the dorsal lip of the blastopore (42 degrees); blp., blp'. and hlp^, mark the successive positions of the dorsal lip of the blastopore; s.f. and s./.', successive positions of the septal furrow;/, i)osition of the vanishing fenestra. Other lettering as in the preceding figures.


thin. As stated by Ishikawa, the polygonal figures formed on the surface of the blastocoele-segment (fenestra) are perhaps due to the pressure which produces the gradual diminution of its area; but the cells of the fenestra are not compacted together to any considerable extent, since the gastrocoele roof and wall merely grow under them.

In view of the later history, it is evident even from surface views that in the stage shown in figures 116 and 123 the formative material for the embryo is mainly concentrated in the equatorial region as a broad band or zone of cells, wider in its posterior portion. As will be shown in the description of the internal structure, this equatorial zone as distinguished in surface views is only roughly comparable to the germ ring of fishes.

My material is lacking for the study of the early gastrula stages of Necturus; late gastrula stages differ from Cryptobranchus chiefly in that the blastopore earlier becomes a complete circle. In Spelerpes, according to Goodale ('11), no ventral lip is formed to the blastopore. As compared with urodele and anuran eggs in general, the blastopore of Cryptobranchus is late in closing; in its mode of gastrulation the egg of Cryptobranchus approaches more nearly the type observed in meroblastic eggs.

Stage 12: {figs. 138 to 150 and 223 to 225). This stage is characterized by the presence of the neural groove and is terminated by the appearance of the neural folds. The neural groove appears about three days after the beginning of gastrulation.

At the time of the earliest indications of the neural groove, the blastopore has just become a complete circle. At the close of the preceding stage it had a diameter of about 94 degrees; it now rapidly becomes smaller, so that before the appearance of the neural folds its diameter averages about 26 degrees (figs. 138 to 145).

During the early part of this stage the yolk plug is characterized by a broad crescent-shaped or horseshoe-shaped area of smaller cells lying ventrad and laterad to the macromeres (figs. 138 and 139) . Along the lateral line of transition between the macromeres and these smaller cells, the cells appear compressed and exhibit a tendency to line up and merge their cleavage furrows (figs.




Figs. 138 and 139 Posterior views of embryos of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in Stage 12, showing the condition of the blastojior^f and the cleavage furrows of the yolk plug. Camera drawings from preserved material. The embryos are not accurately oriented with respect to the vertical axis determined by gravity. X 7.

Fig. 138 Showing condition shortly after the appearance of the neural groove.

Fig. 139 A little later than the preceding.

138 to 142; cf. figs. 113 to 115). Toward the close of this stage, the smaller cells become completely overgrown by the ventral and lateral lips of the blastopore, leaving only the larger ones exposed (fig. 144) ; evidently overgrowth is now proceeding more rapidly at the ventral than at the dorsal lip of the blastopore. At the close of the stage the greatly reduced yolk plug lies entirely on the postero-dorsal side of the lower pole of the vertical axis. During the earlier part of the stage under consideration the closing fenestra often persists as a pit or small tract of distinct

Figs. 140 to 14.5 Dorsal views of embryos of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in Stage 12, showing a series of stages in the development of the neural groove. Camera drawings from preserved material. The embryos are not oriented with respect to the vertical axis determined by gravity. X 7.

Fig. 140 Showing earliest appearance of the neural groove.

Fig. 141 Slightly later than the preceding.

Fig. 142 Slightly later than the preceding, showing segmented neural groove.

Fig. 143 Slightly later, segmented neural groove. See also figure 225 from the same embryo.

Fig. 144 Late neural groove.

Fig. 14.5 Showing the condition of the neural groove at the time of the first faint indications of the neural folds.








furrows at the equator on the antero-ventral side of the egg. It usually disappears by the time the neural groove is well established.

In preserved material, the roof of the gastrocoele is considerably paler than the remaining surface of the egg; during the latter part of this stage the neural plate is usually differentiated as a spatulate area extending from the dorsal lip of the blastopore to a little distance in front of the upper pole of the vertical axis, and distinguishable through the greater whiteness of its surface (see especially figs. 223 and 224).

The dorsal lip of the blastopore is not a perfect arc of a circle, but is somewhat incurved on each side of a forward-extending notch in the median line (figs. 138 to 145).

At the time of its first appearance, the neural groove occurs as a distinct furrow extending from the notch in the dorsal lip of the blastopore forward in the median line for a distance of about 60 degrees; the anterior half is much broader and deeper than the pog^erior half (fig. 140). In a slightly later stage, the neural groove has extended to a total length of about 95 degrees but is nowhere so deep as in the anterior half during the preceding stage (fig. 141). It is now a rather shallow groove, narrow in its posterior portion, wider and more broken by occasional deeper depressions or fissures in its middle and anterior parts. These early transverse furrows do not occur at very regular intervals, and are probably only incidental to the process of infolding of the tissues.

A little later, the neural groove becomes decidedly deeper in its middle portion (fig. 142). The change is not uniform throughout this region, but instead there is a series of three or four large pits or depressions at fairly regular intervals, giving a segmented appearance to the groove. Sometimes this segmented condition is very marked; it has been repeatedly observed in living material. Gradually the segmented region, though less sharply marked becomes more extensive than before (fig. 143) ; it is best seen in living material viewed by transmitted light, when the neural groove appears made up of a regular succession of alternate light and dark areas. Shortly before the appearance of the neural


folds, the neural groove becomes conspicuous in its anterior as well as its middle portion by the broadening and deepening of the former region; at the same time the posterior end becomes fainter (fig. 144).

At the time of the first faint indications of the neural folds, the neural groove is both broad and deep throughout its entire length but especially in its anterior portion (fig. 145). During these later changes in the breadth and depth of the neural groove there has been very little increase in length; at the close of the period considered it has a length of about 105 degrees and extends from the dorsal lip of the blastopore nearly to the upper pole of the vertical axis.

According to Griggs ('10), in Amblystoma the first groove to appear in the median line of the neural plate is not the neural groove, properly speaking; this appears later on the same site. There first appears a 'posterior germinal depression' which does not reach the blastopore; a little later an 'anterior germinal depression' is formed, which is discontinuous with the earlier groove. In a later stage both give place to the neural groove which is a different structure on the same site.

In Cryptobranchus the earliest groove to appear in the median line of the neural plate extends forward without break from the dorsal lip of the blastopore. The marked depression shown in figure 140 probably corresponds to the 'posterior germinal depression' in Amblystoma; the later depression in the anterior portion of the neural groove perhaps corresponds to the 'anterior germinal depression,' but it is at no time sharply separated from the remainder of the groove. The later history of the groove will be given in the following stages and should be consulted in this connection; but it may here be stated that after a careful study of both surface views and serial sections I have come to the conclusion that the differences in the grooves appearing early and late in the median line of the neural plate of Cryptobranchus are differences in degree, not in kind, hence I have used the term 'neural groove' throughout.

In living material the embryo may be viewed by transmitted light. During the early part of this stage (figs'. 146 and 147)



the broad lateral bands lying in the posterior part of the egg at some distance from the median line are more marked than in the preceding stage. The study of sections shows that they are due to the combined optical effect of the mesoderm and an unusually thick region of the entoderm. The neural groove is particularly translucent. The greatly reduced blastocoele persists in the region of the equator on the antero-ventral side of the egg; the center of its external wall is marked by a pit, the vestige of the fenestra. During the latter part of Stage 12 (fig. 148) the

146 147

Figs. 146 and 147 A living egg of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in an early neural groove stage, viewed so far as possible by transmitted light. Figure 146 shows the upper hemisphere, figure 147 a postero-dorsal view. X 7.

lateral bands are obscured by the thickening of the neural plate; in the central portion of the neural groove there usually appear a series of translucent pits arranged at regular intervals. The pit marking the site of the closing fenestra has disappeared, but there usually remains a translucent area indicating a vestige of the blastocoele; this area is often imperfectly separated from the translucent roof of the gastrocoele.

In this stage it is usually impossible to identify cleavage furrows in the yolk plug, but the stability of the larger cells and the fact that they remain longest exposed afford a means of locating approximately the vegetal pole. We have seen that in the preceding stage the vegetal pole was situated a little above the center of the area of largest macromeres; at the close of Stage 12 these



largest macromeres are the only ones exposed, and we may feel quite sure that the vegetal pole lies in their midst and probably very near the center of the greatly diminished yolk plug. The morphological axis of the egg is thus approximately determined by a line passing from the center of the yolk plug through the center of the egg, and at the close of Stage 12 this axis makes an angle of 52 degrees with the vertical — showing that rotation has proceeded 8 degrees further than in the preceding stage (fig. 149).

Fig. 148 Upper hemisphere of a living egg of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis viewed so far as possible by transmitted light, shortly before the appearance of the neural folds. X 9.

It will be recalled that the dorsal lip of the blastopore first appears, on the average, 68 degrees above the vegetal pole (fig. 134), and that the ventral lip is first formed about 68 degrees from the vegetal pole on the opposite side (fig. 136). Hence the dorsal and ventral lips are formed respectively at approximately equal distances from the yegetal pole, though the ventra) lip is formed much later than the dorsal. We may now compute the amounts of overgrowth of the dorsal and the ventral lips respectively: at the close of Stage 12 the dorsal lip has overgrown the yolk for an average distance of 55 degrees, and the ventral lip has advanced toward it through an arc of about 55 degrees;








I'ig. 149 Diagram of an egg of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis at the close of Stage 12, showing the amount of rotation and the position of the yolk plug; m, morphological axis; v, vertical axis determined by gravity; y.p., yolk plug. The cross indicates the position of the anterior end of the neural groove.

Fig. 150 Combination of figure 144 with some features of figure 137, showing successive positions of the blastopore; hip and blp' respectively indicate early and late positions of the dorsal lip of the blastopore. The black band at the right of the figure indicates the amount of overgrowth (55 degrees) of the dorsal lip of the blastopore; the dotted line indicates the amount of overgrowth (55 degrees) of the ventral lip.

that is to say, the distances are approximately equal (fig. 150). By far the greater amount of overgrowth of the dorsal lip occurred during the preceding stage, hence it is clear that during the present stage overgrowth is taking place much more rapidly at the ventral than at the dorsal lip of the blastopore.

Stage 13: {figs. 151 to 164 and 226 to 228). The most conspicuous changes during this stage are those concerned with the formation of. the neural folds and the segmentation of the neural plate. The neural folds begin to form about one and one-half days after the appearance of the neural groove. During the progress of this stage the neural groove becomes most conspicuous in an anterior and a posterior portion, separated by a middle region in which it is comparatively faint (see especially figs. 151 to 155).

The early stages in the formation of the neural folds are shown in figures 151 to 158 and need no further description, save to men







Figs. 151 to 158 Stage 13. A series of embryos of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis showing early stages in the formation of the neural folds and the segmentation of the neural plate. Camera drawings, finished under the binocular, from preserved material. I, II and III indicate the earliest transverse grooves; 1, 2, 3, grooves appearing a little later, numbered consecutively and not in the order of appearance. X 6.

tion that the surface just outside of the neural folds becomes very much roughened and traversed by fissures parallel to the folds, indicating stresses and the rapid shifting of material. During the later part of this stage a pair of less conspicuous transverse folds appear lateral to the anterior end of the neural plate (fig. 158); the significance of these folds has not yet been determined with certainty (but see Stage 15).

The first transverse groove to cross the neural plate is shown in figure 152. A little later, two transverse grooves appear in rapid succession posterior to it. These first three transverse



grooves are equidistant, and so distinct that they may readily be seen with the naked eye; since they regularly appear in the same order and position in different embryos, and persist throughout the further history of the open neural plate, they serve as trustworthy landmarks during the following stages. In the figures they are numbered with Roman numerals. By following their history through later stages they have been traced to the region of the medulla oblongata of the adult brain ; consequently, at least all that portion of the neural plate in front of Groove III belongs to the cephalic plate.

The early segmentation of the cephalic plate in front of Groove I will now be considered. There first appears a transverse groove dividing this region into two portions of which the posterior is slightly the smaller (figs. 155 and 156) ; the anterior of these areas is then crossed by two more grooves (figs. 157 and 158), while the posterior area is for the present doubtfully segmented. The smaller transverse grooves occurring in various parts of the cephalic plate are irregular in position and probably are of no segmental value; most of them disappear in later stages. Those grooves in front of Groove I which are regarded as of metameric value are numbered with Arabic numerals, consecutively and without regard to the order of appearance.

The question naturally arises whether these early transverse divisions of the cephalic plate are neural in origin or secondarily produced by the segmentation of the underlying mesoderm. This question has not yet been thoroughly investigated by the study of sections, but the results of a preliminary examination favor the idea that in front of Groove I at least, they are primarily neural structures ; the mesoderm, particularly in front of Groove I, is at this time quite thin as compared with the neural plate, and hardly capable of producing the modifications of the latter layer.

Since Grooves I, II, III, etc. (see also Stage 14) are produced in regular order from before backward there is ground for suspicion that they are intimately connected with the formation of the mesoblastic somites. In view of the fact that the segmentation of the region immediately in front of Groove I is late in



appearing and seldom clearly expressed (Stage 14), we must be on our guard against a possible discontinuity or difference in kind between the segmentation of the anterior and the posterior regions of the cephalic plate. These points can be settled only by a careful study of sections of eggs that have first been described externally; but from surface views alone we are justified in claiming that we have in the open cephalic plate transverse divisions which may be homologized in different embryos, and which are probably of true metameric value ; hence they may be of use in solving the vexed problem of the segmentation of the vertebrate head.

Fig. 159 A. living embryo of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in the early part of Stage 13, viewed in direct sunlight, and so far as possible by transmitted light. From a freehand sketch of the upper hemisphere. X 10.

A pair of depressions just within the neural folds near the anterior end of the cephalic plate probably indicate the anlage of the optic vesicles (cf. Eycleshymer '95; Locy, '95).

Some features of this stage are best brought out by the study of living material; for -this purpose embryos have been examined in direct sunlight. As shown in figure 159 a transverse opaque band early appears directly in front of the neural plate in the median region; in position and appearance it reminds one of the ectamnion of the chick (Lillie '08, pp. 138 and 139). The neural



folds are conspicuous at an earlier stage in living than in preserved material. In embryos later than the one figured, transverse furrows in the neural plate appear as described in preserved material.

During Stage 13 the blastopore nearly closes, then makes little advance in this respect during the next two stages. Variations in the degree of reduction of the blastopore during these three stages are so great that this structure cannot be used as a character for classifying embryos into stages.

As shown in figures 160 to 162, during Stage 13 the blastopore changes from a diamond shape to that of an anchor; the forward




Figs. 160 to 162 A series of embryos of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in Stage 13, showing changes in the size and form of the late blastopore. Camera drawings from preserved material. X 5.

projecting part is derived through an exaggeration of the notch previously noted in the dorsal lip of the blastopore. The lappets lying on each side of this median notch of the blastopore are continuous with the neural folds; through their apposition the dorsal part of the yolk plug becomes closed over. Thus the extreme posterior end of the embryo is undoubtedly formed by a process of concrescence. As shown in later stages, the ventral part of the blastopore becomes reduced to a transverse slit (figs. 177 and 178) ; during this process the yolk plug usually becomes entirely withdrawn into the egg, but a small mass of yolk sometimes persists at the surface. The late history of the blastopore is much the same in Cryptobranchus japonicus, as described by Ishikawa ('08).



At the close of Stage 13 the neural grove has reached a length of about 124 degrees; its anterior end usually lies quite accurately at the upper vertical pole, while the neural folds extend about 16 degrees in front of it. We have seen that the closing blastopore marks the approximate position of the vegetal pole; this pole has now rotated a total distance of 56 degrees from the vertical axis.



Fig. 163 Diagram of an embryo of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis at the close of Stage 13, showing the position of the neural plate and neural folds with reference to the morphological and the vertical axes; m, morphological axis; v, vertical axis.

Fig. 164 Diagram showing the position of the embryonic body of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis, and illustrating some features of embryo-formation; a to b (72 degrees), portion of the embryo formed in situ; 6 to c (60 degrees), portion formed by overgrowth of the dorsal lip of the blastopore, with the possibility of concrescence; c to d (roughly estimated at 16 degrees), portion undoubtedly formed by concrescence; d to e (60 degrees), distance traveled by the ventral lip of the blastopore. Other lettering as in the preceding figure.

We now have sufficient data for a statement of the position of the embryonic body on the egg, and for pointing out certain features of its mode of formation (figs. 163 and 164). About 72 degrees of the anterior end of the embryo is formed in situ. About 60 degrees is formed in connection with the overgrowth of the dorsal lip of the blastopore; in this case there is the possibility of concrescence through the apposition of material on each


side of the median notch, which may be shifted toward the median Hne during the process of overgrowth. This point can be definitely settled only by experiment; but in the absence of experimental data we can say that there is no positive evidence of such a process taking place, while certain considerations weigh against it. For in certain observed cases rapid shifting of material is accompanied by a roughening of the surface with the formation of parallel fissures, as in the region just outside of the neural folds during their formation and progress toward the median line. There is an entire absence of any such feature in the dorsal lip of the blastopore.

A region at the posterior end of the embryo, which is roughly estimated at 16 degrees, is formed through the concrescence of the lateral and ventral lips of the blastopore. A part of this material has been brought through a distance of 60 degrees by the overgrowth of the ventral lip of the blastopore; it will be observed that this distance equals that of the overgrowth of the dorsal lip of the blastopore.

At the close of Stage 13, when the embryonic body is for the first time clearly indicated, it has a total length of about 148 degrees. The posterior end is formed around the vegetal pole; the anterior end hes about 40 degrees from the animal pole. Hence the statement made in Part I (Smith '12) to the effect that the axis of polarity of the late ovarian egg defines the principal axis of the embryo is not quite accurate; but the embr^'o is formed almost wholly in a hemisphere of the egg lying to one side of the axis of polarity. A review of its history shows that the embryo is formed almost entirely out of material derived from a band of cells lying in the equatorial region of the late blastula and early gastrula, and that this band of cells is narrow on the ventral, broad on the dorsal side of the egg (figs. 116 and 123).

Goodale ('11), after reviewing the literature of the subject in connection with his own work on Spelerpes, concluded that

The amphibian embryo develops almost entirely in a vertical half of the egg, the tail appearing near the lower pole, while the anterior end of the body develops in greater or less degree in the upper hemisphere,


depending upon the particular species. The position of the head of the embryo seems correlated with the length of the embryo, so that the longer the embryo, the higher up on the egg it develops.

The terms 'upper' and 'lower' are evidently here used in the sense of animal and vegetal, that is to say, with reference to those points on the surface of the egg which were in the vertical axis of the egg before it commenced to rotate; therefore the results obtained with Cryptobranchus fall in line with the general statement quoted. The results of Goqdale on Spelerpes and my own work on Cryptobranchus agree closely in locating the posterior end of the embryo at the vegetal pole; it is worthy of note that this conclusion was reached independently and by entirely different methods.

Stage, 14: (figs. 165 to 179 and 229 to 232). This stage is reached about one day later than the beginning of Stage 13. Since atthis time scarcely any two embryos agree in the rate of development of homologous regions of the body, it is impossible in this stage to make a close classification. In marking off this stage from the one following, the principal character considered is the approach of the neural folds toward the median line.

Figures 165 to 176 represent twelve embryos that illustrate the principal changes in the antero-dorsal region during this stage. It will be seen that there is a progressive addition of transverse grooves posterior to the three that first appeared. In front of Groove I the cephalic plate is traversed primarily by six grooves; of these Groove 1, which was noted in the preceding stage, has a very transitory existence and in most cases is lost in Stage 14; likewise the median portion of Groove 2 has often disappeared. Moreover in this or the following stage Groove 4 disappears, following a marked depression and perhaps submergence of the segment between it and Groove 3.

A significant relation exists between Grooves I, II, III, etc., and the intersomitic grooves which now appear just outside the neural folds; by an inspection of figures 165 to 176 it will be seen that in all cases these are in direct apposition. Since the mcsoblastic somites are the most characteristically segmented structures of the vertebrate body, it follows that the true segmental units of













Figs. 165 to 176 Antero-dorsal views of embryos of Cryptobranchus alleghenieiisis in Stage 14, showing especially the segmentation of the neural plate. Camera drawings finished under the binocular, from preserved material. X 6.

The earliest transverse grooves to cross the neural plate are numbered with Roman numerals in the order of appearance; in front of Groove I the transverse grooves are numbered with Arabic numerals consecutively without regard to the order of appearance. Figure 166 is from the embryo photographed for figures 229 and 230; figure 176 is from the embryo photographed for figures 231 and 232.



the open neural plate, in this region at least, are the divisions between grooves — that is, the ridges rather than the depressions, for the former are in line with the body somites. If, as appears likely, there is continuity between the structures of the anterior and posterior regions of the cephalic plate, then the rule may be extended to include the entire neural plate. As thus defined, there are seven segments — ^'neuromeres' — in front of Groove I; posterior to this groove an undetermined number of segments also belong to the head.

In the early stages of the formation of the neural folds transverse grooves are sometimes found in them, continuous with the transverse grooves of the neural plate (see especially figs. 154, 165 and 172). In such cases the neural fold is marked by an outer as well as an inner notch, both in line with the transverse furrow of the neural plate. This condition is only temporary and apparently it is transitional to a later phase in which the inner notch grows at the expense of the outer one, until an outer convexity of the fold appears opposite the inner concavity (see especially fig. 168). In the region of the body somites these outward flexures thus lie in line with the intersomitic grooves as well as with the transverse grooves of the neural plate. This condition is seldom so well expressed as in the embryo shown in figure 168; the convolutions of the neural folds are often irregular and bear no definite relation to the segments. But it is fairly certain that in all cases where the neural folds are well upraised and flexures occur which are segmentally arranged, the outward flexures lie opposite the transverse furrows and not opposite the ridges between them. Moreover, in sagittal sections the transverse grooves on the external surface of the neural plate are found to correspond to ridges on the internal surface.

Those who have described segmental structures in the neural folds or closed neural tube have, as a rule, accepted Orr's ('87) definition of the segmental units or neuromeres as outward flexures of the neural folds. But' if the above considerations be well founded, the true segments are to be sought rather in the segments between the transverse grooves of the neural plate, and in the inward flexures of the neural folds. In other words neu



romeres are the transverse ridges on the inside rather than on the outside of the brain. To a Hmited extent this view coincides with that of Kupffer ('85 to '93), who maintained that the true neuromeres are the transverse divisions of the open neural plate rather than the later appearing structures in the neural folds.

Most of the features of thi^ stage thus far described have been observed in living as well as in preserved material. The literature on the early development of the central nervous system has recently been reviewed by Griggs ('10) ; a more comprehensive




Figs. 177 to 179 Camera outlines of embryos of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in Stage 14, drawn from preserved material. X 5.

Figs. 177 and 178 Posterior views showing late blastopore.

Fig. 179 Lateral view showing position of the embryonic body at the close of Stage 14. The egg is shown in its natural position with respect to the vertical axis, which passes in the plane of the paper parallel to its lateral margins. The embryo proper has a total length of about 155 degrees. This figure and figure 166 are drawn from the same egg.

survey of the earlier work on the segmentation of the vertebrate head is given by Locy ('95). Ishikawa ('08) has described segmental divisions in the open neural plate of Cryptobranchus japonicus.

During this stage, if not already in the preceding stage, the anterior or dorsal part of the blastopore becomes closed over, while the ventral part persists as a transverse crescentic slit (figs. 177 and 178). At the close of Stage 14 the embryo has increased slightly in length (fig. 179); it now extends over about 155 degrees of the surface of the egg. This increase in length



183 184 185

Figs. 180 to 185 Antero-dorsal views of embryos of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in Stage 15. Camera drawings finished under binocular, from preserved material. Figure 182 is drawn from the embryo photographed for figure 234; figure 184 is drawn from the embryo photographed for figure 233. X 6.

of the embryo involves a noticeable increase in the antero-posterior dimension of some of the neuromeres.

Stage 15: {figs. 180 to 189; 233 and 234). This stage is reached about eighteen hours later than the beginning of the preceding stage.

In the following account, each neuromere is designated by the number of the groove bounding it on the posterior side. Neuromeres 1 and 2 have usually coalesced; neuromere 4 disappears during this, if not in the preceding stage. More definite swellings now occur in neuromeres 1, 2, 3 and 5; the region between Grooves 5 and I is less clearly segmented and is usually somewhat depressed. The outlines of the neural folds in the head region.


now suggest the definitive primary divisions (forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain) of the embryonic brain.

The various structures of the neural plate have loot yet been followed into the definitive divisions of the embryonic and adult brain; but the preliminary examination of some later embryos dissected by splitting them in the median line with a razor shows that the transverse divisions in the neural plate persist for some time after the closure of the neural folds. Neuromeres in the closed neural tube are also often apparent from the surface. Hence it is easy to judge approximately concerning the fate of individual neuromeres of the cephalic plate, but to avoid possible error it seems best to defer a definite statement until the internal history of the brain has been more carefully studied.

The pair of folds which in the preceding stages extended transversely on each side of the cephalic plate now slant backward (see especially fig. 185); the appearance, particularly in living material, suggests that they are in some way concerned with the origin of the vascular bands which in later stages extend along each side of the yolk sac and give rise to the omphalomesenteric or vitelline veins (fig. 192).

The transverse opacity in front of the neural plate is conspicuous in living material viewed by transmitted light (fig. 186), but is not apparent in surface views of preserved material.

The anterior part of the blastopore is now normally closed over, and the posterior or ventral part is reduced to a transverse slit (figs. 188 and 189). Apparently the middle portion of this transverse slit never becomes completely closed, but in later stages persists as the anal or cloacal opening. The embryonic body has elongated so that it now extends over about half the circumference of the egg (fig. 187).

For the study of transverse divisions in the open neural plate, Necturus is not nearly so favorable as Cryptobranchus. In Necturus the blastopore (figs. 268 to 279) closes much earlier than in Cryptobranchus. Moreover in Necturus the closure of the blastopore is often practically complete ; in many specimens preserved at the time of the closure of the neural folds, scarcely more than a vestige of the blastopore is visible from the surface.



Fig. 186 Antero-dorsal view of a living embryo of Cryptobranchus allegeheniensis in Stage 15, viewed mainly by transmitted light. From a freehand sketch. X 10.



Fig. 187 Lateral view of an embryo of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in Stage 15, showing the position of the embryonic body. The egg is shown in its natural position with respect to the vertical axis which passes in the plane of the paper parallel to its lateral margins. Camera drawing from preserved material. X 5.

Figs. 188 and 189 Posterior views of embryos of Cryptobranchus allegheniensis in Stage 10, showing the form of the late blastopore. Camera drawings from preserved material. X 5.

Figs. 183, 187 and 188 All drawn from the same embryo.

Figs. 185 and 189 Drawn from the same embryo.


In these later stages, the blastopore is doubtless often indistinguishable in living material (figs. 274 to 276).

A triradiate form of the blastopore is not so frequently found in Neeturus; in Cryptobranchus japonicus (Ishikawa '08), it often occurs. A general resemblance may be noted between the blastopore of the urodeles cited and that of the dipnoans (Ceratodus, Semon '01 ; Protopterus and Lepidosiren, Kerr '09).

B. Summary

Gastrulation involves a combination of the processes of invagination or emboly, and overgrowth or epiboly.

During gastrulation the roof of the segmentation cavity becomes very thin, and is bounded superficially by a sharp furrow, the 'septal furrow' of Ishikawa.

On account of the translucent character of certain parts of the egg, many of the internal changes concerned with gastrulation can be followed quite satisfactorily in Uving material.

For some time after the beginning of gastrulation, the vegetal pole may be located through the intersection of the first and second cleavage furrows.

During gastrulation and the formation of the neural groove and neural folds the egg rotates on an axis at right angles to the median plane so as to bring the morphological axis at an angle of 56 degrees from the vertical.

The dorsal lip of the blastopore is formed about 68 degrees above the vegetal pole; the ventral lip is formed much later at an equal distance on the other side of the vegetal pole. Since the closing blastopore lies approximately at the vegetal pole, overgrowth proceeds through equal distances on the dorsal and the ventral sides of the egg. During the early part of gastrulation, before the ventral lip is formed, overgrowth takes place rapidly and extensively at the dorsal lip; after the blastopore has become a complete circle, overgrowth takes place very slowly at the dorsal lip, very rapidly at the ventral lip. . Not until after the neural folds are well formed is the yolk plug completely overgrown; as compared with Neeturus and


most amphibian eggs the blastopore is very late in closing. In late stages the blastopore has the form of an anchor or an inverted T; the posterior transverse portion remains longest as an open slit, and the center of this transverse portion never completely closes but persists as the anal or cloacal apertme.

The posterior end of the embryo forms approximately at the vegetal pole. At the time when the neural folds are first formed the embryo has a total length of about 148 degrees, hence its anterior end does not reach the animal pole. About 72 degrees of the anterior end of the embryo (nearly half its total length) is formed in situ; about 60 degrees posterior to this is formed by overgrowth with the possibility of concrescence. Only a very small part at the posterior end, perhaps 16 degrees, is formed by the meeting of the lateral and ventral lips of the blastopore; this part is undoubtedly formed by concrescence.

From the time of its first appearance the neural groove is continuous with a median notch in the dorsal lip of the blastopore. There is evidence that the neural groove early acquires a segmented structure.

Transverse grooves, definite in number and location, cross the neural plate, dividing it into true segments or neuromeres. In the region- of the mesoblastic somites the transverse grooves of the neural plate are in line with the intersomitic grooves, and the neuromeres are in line with the somites. Segmental flexures of the neural folds sometimes occur; in these cases the outward flexures of the neural folds are in line with the transverse grooves, and the inward flexures are in line with the neuromeres.

At the time of the closure of the neural folds, the embryo has increased in length so that it extends over about one-half of the circumference of the egg.

IX. DEVELOPMENT AFTER THE CLOSURE OF THE NEURAL FOLDS A . Description by stages, to the time of hatching

Most of the important features of the later external development are sufficiently illustrated by the photographs. Only a brief account is here necessary and this will deal principally with


observations on living material. Some comparisons with Necturus have been given in a previous paper (Smith '11 a). Late stages of Cryptobranchus japonicus have been figured by Ishikawa ('04 and '08) and de Lange ('07).

Stage 16: (figs. 235 to 237). This stage is reached about eighteen hours later than the beginning of Stage 15. It is characterized by closed neural folds which are still more or less separated by a median gro