The Bioscan, 4(4): 587-589, 2009
An International Quarterly Journal of Life Sciences
web site: www.thebioscan.in 
CYTOLOGICAL STUDY OF AMNIOTIC FLUID IN THE INDIAN LEAF NOSED BAT, 
HIPPOSIDEROS SPEORIS (SCHNEIDER) AT FULL TERM PREGNANCY
JAYASHREE TIRPUDE* AND M. S. SASTRY1
Department of Zoology, Sevadal Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur - 440 009
1Department of Zoology, Rashtra Sant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur - 440 010
E-mail: pawar.drvishwajeet@gmail.com


KEY WORDS
Maturation
Amniotic fluid cytology
Scanning electron microscope
Gestational age Ultrasound
Received on: 11.07.2009 Accepted on: 19.11.2009 *Corresponding Author

ABSTRACT

Hipposideros speoris is monotoccous and monoesterous bat breeding once a year. The gestation lasts from 125 to 135 days. The amniotic fluid from the uterus of full term pregnant Microchiropteran bat, Hipposideros speoris (Schneider) was drawn and cytological examination was done. Three types of exfoliated or desquamated cells may be from fetal skin, hairs, vernix caseosa or amnionic epithelial cells or urinary tracts were morphologically examined in the fluid. Since amniotic fluid contains cells from skin, umbilical cord, vagina, urinary bladder lung as well as amniotic membrane, amniotic fluid cytology is considered to reflect other organ maturity more faithfully than the light, scanning electron microscopy, ultrasound estimations of gestational age, biochemical assessments since these changes are accompanied by almost parallel changes in cell exfoliation to the amniotic fluid from various differentiating tissues facing the amniotic cavity.