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Reproductive morphology and sperm depletion in crayfish Public

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Females of the species Orconectes limosus have shown a preference for virgin males over those which had mated recently, when given the choice in prior studies. It was hypothesized that a depletion in sperm stores in the males could be an explanation for this preference. Using conventional methods such as microdissection, resin embedding, and light and electron microscopy, we attempted to show evidence of this depletion and the sperm’s deposition within the female's spermatheca.

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  • E-project-042512-160420
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  • 2012
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  • 2012-04-25
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