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ABSTRACT Mating of the stomatopod crustacean Oratosquilla oratoria occurred between intermolt pairs in the laboratory. Mating behavior showed the following seven successive stages: (1) mutual antennulation, (2) pair walking, (3) antennulation to male, (4) antennulation to female, (5) brushing to female, (6) mounting, and (7) copulation. Behaviors (1) and (2) were repeated daily; (3), (4), and (5) were courtship with avoidance by the partner; (6) and (7) were copulatory behavior; and (7) was completed in only 7-12 s. Analysis of mating behavior and observations on sperm viability in captured females suggest that in nature mating might occur some months before spawning.


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