, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 57-64

Mating behavior of Centropages typicus (Copepoda: Calanoida)

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Abstract

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.

Contribution No. 62, Harbor Branch Foundation, Inc.
Communicated by M.R. Tripp, Newark