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copulate

(kŏp′yə-lāt′)
intr.v. copu·lated, copu·lating, copu·lates
1. To engage in sexual intercourse in which the penis is inserted into the vagina.
2. To transfer male reproductive cells from one individual to another, usually into an internal organ or cavity, such as a cloaca. Used of animals.
adj. (-lĭt)
Coupled; joined.

cop′u·la′tion n.
cop′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Once the female returns with mud or spiders, the satellite male quickly jumps her trying to copulate. A few times, the female flew away (N = 4), but when returning ended up copulating with the satellite male, while the guarding male remained in the same position.
Long-term focal observations of 10 males in the laboratory (each male attempting 4-40 copulations) demonstrate that small as well as large males (mantle length range: 14-27 cm) will attempt to copulate in both positions within the same day.
Hostile acts range from grabbing fruit out of females' mouths to pinning females down to force them to copulate.