I've been trying to understand meiosis, and I'm confused about the difference between a gametogonium and a primary gametocyte. They are both diploid and I understand that the primary gametocytes are daughter cells to gametogonia through gametocytogenesis. But why have separate names for them?

Is it because gametogonia are stem cells and primary gametocytes are not? Do both of the primary gametocytes that are created through gametocytogenesis eventually become gametes or does one of them turn back into a gametogonium so that the stock of gametogonia does not run out?

Trying to wrap my head around this nomenclature-rich field!


  • $\begingroup$ As far as I know, Gametogonia are stem cells like you have mentioned and this is probably the basis as to which they are named differently. Also, check out Page 96 of Inkhorn's book in An Advanced Sexual Vocabulary for Verbivores and Vulgarians. The book gives a definition for gametogonium and gametocyte. $\endgroup$ – Imtiaz Raqib Aug 21 '19 at 16:57

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