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12.1: Male Reproductive System

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  • C. Premanandan

    This chapter will cover the male reproductive system.

    Chapter Learning Objectives

    imageBy the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

    • Identify the primary factor behind sex determination.
    • Identify which embryonic structures form the tubular genitalia for males and females.
    • List the periods or stages of spermatogenesis and the cell types associated with them.
    • Describe the process of spermiogenesis.
    • Outline the pathway that sperm travels from the testicle to the urethra.
    • List the accessory sex glands and list which species have which glands.

    Review Questions

    By the end of this chapter, you should be able to answer the following:

    • How does sex determination take place in the male?
    • Define the locations of the following cells in the testicular parenchyma: Leydig cell, Sertoli cell, Type A spermatogonia, spermatocyte, spermatid. What are their functions?
    • What are the structures that form a mature sperm cell?
    • What are the structures which form the male tubular genitalia? What are they lined by?
    • List the accessory sex glands and described their locations. Which species have what glands?
    • What is the difference between the corpora cavernosa and the corpora spongiosum?
    • How does the penis form?