Terminalia Detail

Terminalia Morphology

Terminalia Morphology

Spermatheca: The spermatheca is part of the female reproductive organs. It is the place, where the sperms are stored, after they entered through the spermathecal duct [D]. Sometimes the spermatheca is paired [taxonomical importance]. It is a cuticular organ. When an egg passes along the oviduct, stored sperm from the spermatheca is released and moves into the bursa copulatrix. A ring of glands is surrounding the bulga and secrets nutrient material into the lumen, before the organ receives sperm.

Strigillae: Fine ridges in the bulga. These corrugations are filled with secretion from the spermathecal glands in mature fleas, and the sperms are packed tightly between those ridges.