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ligula

(lĭg′yə-lə)
n. pl. ligu·lae (-lē′) or ligu·las
A strap-shaped or tonguelike structure, especially the terminal portion of the labium in the mouthparts of certain insects.
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Males were excluded if they had short mantles, penises, ligulae, and spermatophores relative to those of conspecifics.
polyzenia), which overlap extensively, have positive PC2 scores that reflect their small ligulae and calami and long mantles and penises.
If species that produced wide spermatophores had long ligulae or calami, the plot would show a U-shape, which it does not.