MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: What animal has the largest sperm?

Date: Mon May 18 10:21:14 1998
Posted By: Kurt Wollenberg, Post Doc Genetics, North Carolina State University
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 892139735.Zo

Relative to the organism's body size (and possibly in terms of absolute
size), the sperm of several species of Drosophila (the fruit fly) appear to
be the largest, approaching 1 cm in length. Most of the length in these
cells is made up of the tail, which normally exists in a tangled state. It
is believed this tangled web of sperm tail exists as a means of encumbering
sperm from other males in the contest to fertilize the female's eggs. For
further details, look in the journal Nature, May 11 and September 21, 1995.

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