sperm tube

sperm tube
A structure found only in male janiroidean Asellota taking one of two forms: 1. A cuticular tube in the stylet (distal segment of the endopod) of the male second pleopod, consisting of a ventral opening to a rounded chamber in the center of the stylet and a confluent tube to the tip of the stylet; 2. A cuticular tube formed by the medial fusion of the male first pleopods, consisting of a funnel-like proximal opening often covering the penile papillae and a confluent tube to a dorsal orifice roughly one quarter the length of the pleopods from their tips. During copulation, both tubes may form a single channel from the penile papillae to the female's cuticular organ [Wilson, 1989].

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