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ABSTRACT In the laboratory, females of Palaemonetes pugio with ripe ovaries usually underwent premating ecdysis at night, and were capable of swimming after one min and of walking and copulating after 2 min. Antennal contact always occurred prior to copulation and may be necessary for male recognition of female receptivity. Copulation, lasting 5-10 s, was not preceded by prolonged courtship displays and consisted of 4 distinct events: (1) lunge and capture; (2) placement of the male's thoracic-abdominal junction perpendicular to the same area of the female, ventral surface to ventral surface; (3) pleopod lowering and spermatophore transfer; and (4) disengagement. Ablation experiments demonstrated that the endopods of pleopods 1 and 2 of the male were involved in spermatophore transfer.

Affiliations: 1: (A-BVB) Grice Marine Biological Laboratory, College of Charleston, 205 Ft. Johnson Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29412; (present address: 12804 East 57th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64133); 2: (PAS) Marine Resources Research Institute, P.O. Box 12559, Charleston, South Carolina 29412.


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