The submicroscopic structure of the maturing spermatid nucleus of the grasshopper, Gelastorrhinus bicoler de Haan, has been studied in thin tissue sections by electron microscopy.
In the early spermatid the nucleus appears dense with no clearly resolvable fine structure. In the advanced spermatid with a conical-shaped nucleus, the karyoplasm begins to show a fibrillar structure. At subsequent stages, the elongated spermatid nucleus displays in cross-sections a hexagonal honeycomb pattern and in longitudinal sections an array of parallel lines, 70 A in diameter and spaced 100 to 220 A apart.
As differentiation of the spermatid proceeds further, the space between the lines becomes narrower and narrower until it can no longer be resolved.