Oogenesis in Vimba vimba (L. 1758) from Drawienski National Park (NW Poland)
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The objective of the studies was to analyse the process of oogenesis in vimba from a non-migratory population living in the waters of Drawienski National Park in north-west Poland. The character of spawning of this species is an obstacle in determining the right moment to catch spawners or developing artificial spawning biotechniques. Previtellogenesis of vimba begins about six months after hatching and lasts three years. The trophoplasmatic growth of oocytes (October ? March/April) begins when carbohydrate vesicles appear near the nuclei oocytes of sexually mature females (aged 4+). Just before spawning, granulated, lipoprotein-like substances are cumulated. The resorption of pre-ovulation corpora lutea (non-ejected oocytes) and post-ovulation corpora lutea (ruptured theca folds and follicles) begins in the ovary of vimba in the middle of June. These were observed in histological cross sections for about two to three months. Describing the process of oogenesis can provide a foundation for developing practical applications in aquaculture aimed at preserving the biodiversity of the park?s waters and this critically endangered species of the Polish ichthyofauna.
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P. Hliwa, Department of Evolutionary Genetics, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Oczapowskiego 5, 10-718 Olsztyn- Kortowo, Poland