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Old 06-25-2012, 05:42 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by dapjwy View Post
When I first saw this, I thought the goal was to avoid being cannibalized after mating, but I guess it is no guarantee...is the female less likely to cannibalize a castrated male?
The self-amputated palp(s) remains in the female's genital opening (she has two); thus preventing that from being used by another male, and the now lighter male supposedly has an agility advantage over a rival for the other opening...
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