Water lice reproduce from early spring to mid autumn. Observations differ on whether males prefer larger females. Heftier females produce more and faster-hatching eggs but are a heavier load for males to carry during the precopulatory, mate-guarding period. Males that choose larger females may cut back on precopulatory mate guarding and carry the female nearer to her fertile period, which occurs during her final molting.
CONSERVATION STATUS Not listed by the IUCN.
H Asellus aquaticus H Chiridotea caeca H Lirceus fontinalis
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
No common name
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