Reproductive Biology

Mating probably takes place in swarms, which form in discontinuities in the water column. Male probably grasps female around her fourth legs during copulation and transfers paired spermatophores directly onto her genital region. Sper-matophores discharged into paired copulatory pores located on ventral surface of female genital region. Sperm are stored in seminal receptacles prior to fertilization. Females produce eggs in paired egg sacs extruded from genital openings on dorsal surface of genital region.


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