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A capsule containing sperms; found in a number of invertebrates.
[spermato- + G. phoros, bearing]
spermatophore (spər-măt′ə-fôr′, spûr′mə-tə-)
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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if he didn't give her this gift, she'd just pull off the sperm packet
and snack on that like a little hors d'oeuvre.
A lot of sperm packets
"are wasted and go floating off.
Several authors have proposed that sperm competition occurs in the SR, associated with the position of the sperm packets
from different males inside the SR.
But, according to Kritsky and Gutierrez (1998) the sperm packets
are not always present or visible in some specimens of the described species and they also did not observe them in any of their specimens.