copulatory organ


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copulatory organ

[′käp·yə·lə‚tȯr·ē ‚ȯr·gən]
(anatomy)
An organ employed by certain male animals for insemination.
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In this study we estimated the frequency and consequences of damage to the male copulatory organ in the white widow spider L.
In conclusion, damage to male copulatory organs is consistent with a male strategy of high investment in a single female.
Aphanoblastella Kritsky, Mendoza-Franco et Scholz, 2000 is mainly characterized for tandem gonads (testis posterior to germarium); male copulatory organ (MCO) nonarticulated with sinuous accessory piece; a sinistral vaginal pore; a nonsclerotized vaginal tube and ventral bar with medial process.
Gutierrez and Suriano (1992) added generic characteristics and Kritsky and Gutierrez (1998) proposed an emended diagnosis which characterizes Demidospermus as species having: tandem gonads; counterclockwise coiled male copulatory organ; sinistral vaginal aperture; U-, W-, or V-shaped haptoral bars; subspherical eye granules and a sheath like accessory piece serving as a guide for the male copulatory organ.
The morphology of the copulatory organs is species-specific for most spider species.
The female copulatory organs in Hemicloea originate from two longitudinal epigynal folds (Fig.
The structure, function, and postembryonic development of the male and female copulatory organs of the black widow spider Latrodectus curacaviensis (Muller).