A transient endocrine gland that develops from the postovulatory or atretic follicles and secretes progesterone; it is thought to be related to egg retention[PMID]. [ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20959416 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corpus_luteum ]

Synonyms: corpora lutea corpus luteum of ovary ovarian corpus luteum

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Term information


uberon_slim, pheno_slim

plural term
corpora lutea

depicted by


has related synonym

luteal gland



present in taxon


taxon notes

maintains the endometrium in mammals[WP]. A corpus luteum is known in hagfish (100), Squalus (101), and salamander (100) but not lamprey (102). There are no data for Branchiostoma and Ciona, and given that they are multiple spawners, there is no a priori reason to conclude that they lack a corpus luteum