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Copulation With Contralateral Insertion in Entelegyne Spiders (Araneae: Entelegynae: Tetragnathidae)

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

Contralateral insertion, the application of the right male pedipalp to the left female genital opening is for the first time described in entelegyne spiders, Leucauge mariana, Tetragnatha extensa, T. montana and Pachygnatha clercki (Tetragnathidae). It is argued that the absence of a strict "lock-and-key" fit between male and female genitalia allowed the switch from the usual ipsilateral to contralateral insertion.

Affiliations: 1: Escuela de Biología, Universidad de Costa Rica, Ciudad Universitaria, Costa Rica; 2: Route de Begnins, 1267 Vich, Switzerland


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