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Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 06-25-2012, 05:42 AM
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The self-amputated palp(s) remains in the...

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...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 06-24-2012, 11:44 AM
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You can get some idea from the image in the cited...

You can get some idea from the image in the cited article - the male's sex organs are its palps (leg-like organs at the front of its cephalothorax). As the article stated, they constitute four to...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 06-23-2012, 07:36 AM
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Only the Shadow knows - heh heh heh heh....

Only the Shadow knows - heh heh heh heh....
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 06-22-2012, 04:46 PM
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An Anomaly in Mating: Self-Castration Raises Reproductive Success

"Males of a tropical species of orb-web spider castrate themselves, either partly or fully, after mating. It might seem a self-destructive habit, but in removing their genitals, a new study...
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