Mating Behavior and Related Morphological Specialization in the Uropodine Mite, Caminella peraphora

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Science  16 Jun 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4347, pp. 1300-1301
DOI: 10.1126/science.200.4347.1300


Sperm transfer in Caminella peraphora is closely associated with secretion and construction of a female-associated structure, the signet ring. The ventral portion of the ring serves as an external spermatheca early in mating. Although sperm assimilation occurs prior to development of the dorsal ring elements, male participation is instrumental in successful ring completion.