Reproductive Biology

Mating probably takes place in the water column. Males guard copepodid five-stage females, until they molt into adult and become sexually receptive. Male guards juvenile female by grasping onto her dorsal side. During copulation, male changes position to grasp female around her fourth legs while transferring paired spermatophores directly onto ventral surface of genital region with tips of fourth legs. Spermatophores discharge into paired copulatory pores located ventrally. Sperm are stored in voluminous seminal receptacle prior to fertilization. Females produce eggs in paired egg sacs extruded from genital openings on dorsal surface of genital region.

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