Morphogenesis of Vomeronasal Organ of Pelophylax ridibundus (Amphibia, Anura)

Ya. V. Stepanyuk 1  and M. F. Kovtun 2
  • 1 Lessya Ukrainka East European University Volyn, Voli str., 13, Lutsk, 43025 Ukraine
  • 2 Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine, B. Khmelnytskogo str., 15, Kyiv 01601, Ukraine

Abstract

The morphogenesis of the lake frog (Pelophylax ridibundus) vomeronasal organ was studied during different ontogenesis stages. The vomeronasal organ is laid after the formation of olfactory sacs, which are lined by olfactory epithelium, and after choan formation. Vomeronasal organ anlage takes place during G24 stage of larval development, which is the result of inflection and cell redistribution of olfactory epithelium rostroventral part. Formation of the vomeronasal organ finished at the beginning of metamorphosis. Apparently, vomeronasal organ appeared in aquatic Amphibia ancestors and after their transition from aquatic to terrestrial environment it developed new adaptive functions

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • Benzekri N. A. , Reiss J. O. Olfactory Metamorphosis in the Coastal Tailed Frog Ascaphus truei (Amphibia, Anura, Leiopelmatidae) // J. Morphol. - 2012. - 273. - P. 68-87.

  • Bertmar G. Evolution of vomeronasal organs in vertebrates // Evolution. - 1981. - 35. - P. 359-366.

  • Bhatnagar K. P., Meisami E. Vomeronasal organ in bats and primates: extremes of structural variability and its phylogenetic implications // Microsc. Res. Tech. 1998. - 43. - P. 465-475.

  • Dawley E. M, Crowder J. Sexual and seasonal differences in the vomeronasal epithelium of the red-backed sala­mander (Plethodon cinereus) // J. Comp. Neurol. - 1995. - 359. - P. 382-390.

  • Eisthen H. L. Presence of the vomeronasal system in aquatic salamanders // Philos Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B. - 2000. - 355. - P. 1209-1213.

  • Eisthen H. L, Sengelaub D. R., Schroeder D. M., Alberts J. R. Anatomy and forebrain projections of the olfac­tory and vomeronasal organs in axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanumj // Brain Behav. Evol. - 1994. - 44. - P. 108-124.

  • Garrosa M, Gayoso M. J., Esteban F. J. Prenatal development of the mammalian vomeronasal organ // Microsc. Res. Tech. - 1998. - 41. - P. 456-470.

  • Gosner K. L. A simplified table for staging anuran embryos and larvae with notes on identification // Herpetologica. - 16, N 2. - P. 183-190.

  • Halpern M. The Evolution of the Vomeronasal System // Evolution of Nervous Systems / Editor-in-Chief: TaTa Jon. - Oxford : Academic Press, 2007. - P. 407 - 415.

  • Halpern M., Martinez-Marcos A. Structure and function of the vomeronasal system: an update // Prog. Neurobiol. - 2003. -70, N 3. - P. 245-318.

  • Holtzman D. A., Halpern M. Embryonic and neonatal development of the vomeronasal and olfactory systems in garter snakes (Thamnophis spp.) // J. Morphol. - 1990. - 203. - P. 123-140.

  • Jarvik E. On the structure of the snout of crossopterygians and lower gnathostomes in general // Zool. Bidrag fran Uppsala. - 1942. -21. - P. 235-675.

  • Jermakowicz W. J. III., Dorsey D. A., Brown A. L. et. al. Development of the nasal chemosensory organs in two terrestrial anurans: the directly developing frog, Eleutherodactylus coqui (Anura: Leptodactylidae), and the metamorphosing toad, Bufo americanus (Anura: Bufonidae) // J. Morphol. - 2004. - 261. - P. 225-248.

  • Jungblut L. D, Pozzi A. G, Paz D. A. Larval development and metamorphosis of the olfactory and vomeronasal organs in the toad Rhinella (Bufo) arenarum (Hensel, 1867) // Acta Zool. - 2011. - 92, N 4. - P. 305-315.

  • Medvedeva I. M. The olfactory organ of amphibians and its phylogenetic significance. - Leningrad : Nauka, 1975. - 175 p. - Russian : Медведева И. М. Орган обоняния амфибий и его филогенетическое значение.

  • Nieuwkoop V. H, Faber J. Normal Table of Xenopus laevis (Daudin). - North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1956.

  • Pugener L. A. , Maglia A. M. Skeletal morphology and development of the olfactory region of Spea multipli- cata (Anura: Pelobatidae) // J. Anat. - 2007. - 211, N 6. - P. 737-753.

  • Reiss J. O., Eisthen H. L. Chemical senses: Comparative anatomy and physiology in amphibians // Sensory Evolution on the Threshold: Adaptations in Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates / Eds J. G. M. Thewissen, S. Nummela. - Berkeley CA : Univ California Press, 2007. - P. 43-63.

  • Schmidt A., Wake M. H. Olfactory and vomeronasal systems of caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) // J. Morphol. - 1990. - 205. - P. 255-268.

  • Stepanyuk Ya. V., Motuzyuk A. P. Olfactory epithelium structure of newt cristate laurenti, 1768 (Amphibian: caudata) // Reports of morphology. - 2010. - N 2. - P. 379-381.

  • Taniguchi K., Toshima Y., Saito T. R., Taniguchi K. Development of the olfactory and vomeronasal organ in the Japanese Reddish Frog, Rana japonica // J. Vet. Med. Sci. - 1996. - 58. - P. 7-15.

  • Tsui C-L. Development of olfactory organ in Rana nigromaculata // Journal of Microscopical Science. - 1946. - 87. - P. 61-90.

  • Wang H., Zhao H, Tai F., Zhang Y. Postembryonic development of the olfactory and vomeronasal organs in the frog Rana chensinensis // Zool. Sci. (Tokyo). - 2008. - 25. - P. 503-508.

OPEN ACCESS

Journal + Issues

Search