Marine Biology

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 57–64

Mating behavior of Centropages typicus (Copepoda: Calanoida)

  • P. I. Blades

DOI: 10.1007/BF00390628

Cite this article as:
Blades, P.I. Marine Biology (1977) 40: 57. doi:10.1007/BF00390628


Observations were made on approximately 300 mating couples of Centropages typicus Krøyer. Mating behavior consists of 4 distinct stages: pre-copulation, spermatophore extrusion, copulation, and post-copulation. Successful copulation requires proper positioning of the spermatophore complex on the female urosome and is dependent upon precise movements and orientation of the male during the mating encounter. Sub-optimal mating encounters, resulting in the improper placement of the spermatophore complex, were observed and adaptations tending to reduce spermatophore wastage are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. I. Blades
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Harbor Branch Foundation, Inc.Fort PierceUSA