spermatophore

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sper·ma·to·phore

(sper'mă-tō-fōr),
A capsule containing sperms; found in a number of invertebrates.
[spermato- + G. phoros, bearing]

spermatophore

(spər-măt′ə-fôr′, spûr′mə-tə-)
n.
A capsule or compact mass of spermatozoa that is transferred from the male to the female during mating in many invertebrates and certain salamanders.

sper′ma·toph′o·ral (spûr′mə-tŏf′ər-əl) adj.

spermatophore

a packet of sperm that is transferred from male to female in certain invertebrates such as crustaceans, molluscs and cephalopods, and in a few vertebrates such as aquatic salamanders.
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Hoving found that males of the bioluminescent species Taningia danae use their beaks and sharp claws to slice two-inch-deep wounds into their partners, and sperm packets or spermatophores, are then inserted into the female using a penis-like appendage.
The males of Moroteuthis ingens species were found to have sperm packets that, once deposited onto a female, burrow into the body.
Drawing on protein stored from their larval days, the males produce sperm packets as big as their heads for each encounter.