Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A capsule or compact mass of spermatozoa that is transferred from the male to the female during mating in many invertebrates and certain salamanders.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A special case, capsule, or sheath containing spermatozoa; specifically, one of the peculiar spermatic cysts of cephalopods (also called spermatic or seminal cartridge, seminal rope, or filament of Needham), usually forming a long cylindrical structure in which several envelops may be distinguished.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol.) Same as spermospore.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A capsule or pocket inclosing a number of spermatozoa. They are present in many annelids, brachiopods, mollusks, and crustaceans. In cephalopods the structure of the capsule is very complex.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biology A spermospore.
  • noun zoology A capsule or pocket enclosing a number of spermatozoa, found in many annelids, brachiopods, mollusks, and crustaceans.

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Examples

  • But, unless it's her first time around the block, there's a decent chance that somebody else's spermatophore is already in there.

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  • Instead of the familiar-to-us method of copulation, male cockroaches produce a hard, little packet full of sperm, called a spermatophore, which they transfer into their favorite gal.

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  • The spermatheca (also called the bursa copulatrix) is an organ that can't be exchanged, while a spermatophore is a packet of sperm that is given to a slug's (or a snail's) partner during mating and may or may not be stored in the spermatheca.

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  • Instead of the familiar-to-us method of copulation, male cockroaches produce a hard, little packet full of sperm, called a spermatophore, which they transfer into their favorite gal.

    Boing Boing

  • The first two pleopods of males are modified to transfer sperm to the female, while females have a calcified area between the fourth pair of periopods used to receive the male's spermatophore during copulation.

    Crustacea

  • I often confuse the 2 terms, spermatheca and spermatophore.

    How a glaring error of mine was corrected a year later

  • During mating of hermaphrodite land snails, each partner places a spermatophore, a bag of spermatozoa (sperm cells), in their partner's bursa copulatrix (BC).

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  • The spermatophore is digested in the BC and only a small fraction of the spermatozoa escapes to the higher parts of the female reproductive system to fertilize the partner's eggs.

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  • The spermatophore is digested in the BC and only a small fraction of the spermatozoa escapes to the higher parts of the female reproductive system to fertilize the partner's eggs.

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  • The male drops a spermatophore (a packet of sperm) that the female picks and stores in spermathecae until needed.

    Arthropoda

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