Complemental Males


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Complemental Males

 

dwarf males of certain invertebrates whose females can multiply parthenogenetically or (in the case of changing into hermaphrodites) by self-fertilization. For example, complemental male rotifers have no intestines and cannot feed themselves, so they survive only a very short time. Among the Scalpellum vulgare barnacles, the complemental males live in the mantle cavities of both the females and the hermaphrodites.

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