Reproductive Biology

Males inseminate females during the maturation molt. Females do not store sperm. Females may produce 20-120 eggs, which are deposited into a ventral marsupium, or brood pouch. Larger females produce more eggs. Every 0.0007 oz (2 mg) in body weight correlates to approximately 10 eggs. After hatching, the juveniles spend approximately three weeks in the mar-

supium, where they proceed through several molts. Upon leaving the marsupium, the juveniles live independently.

CONSERVATION STATUS Not listed by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

Sand isopod

Chiridotea caeca

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