5 Aug 2021

Victoria University researchers get first look at live mature tuatara sperm

From Morning Report, 8:55 am on 5 August 2021

Tuatara, Aotearoa's surviving remnant from the age of dinosaurs, are not noted for their speed. But new research has turned up one surprisingly swift aspect of their anatomy - their speedy sperm.

Despite massive conservation efforts, much about tuatara reproduction remains unknown. 

For the first time, researchers have been studying,  the live, mature sperm from a tuatara.

Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington PhD candidate Sarah Lamar says the research is seeking to understand what a good quality male tuatara is - in a biological sense. 

She spoke to Corin Dann.