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Mating Plugs Produced By Female Spiders To Prevent Unwanted Sex From Males
2012-08-05 10:30:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new mechanism of animal mating plug production has been discovered by scientists at the Smithsonian and their colleagues. In the giant wood spider (Nephila pilipes), which is a highly sexually dimorphic and polygamous species, many small males will compete with each other for their chance with a few large females. These males have been known to sever their own genitals during mating in order to plug the female, gain paternity and...

2010-11-02 15:16:24

At least, in nematode worms Male worms plug females after copulation as a form of 'gift', rather than to prevent them from mating again, as had previously been thought. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology found that plugged females mated just as often and were just as attractive as those who were unplugged, and that plugging ultimately improved female fitness. Nadine Timmermeyer worked with a team of researchers from the University of Tuebingen,...

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2009-12-22 08:54:41

Stopping male mosquitoes from sealing their sperm inside females with a 'mating plug' could prevent mosquitoes from reproducing, and offer a potential new way to combat malaria, say scientists publishing new results in PLoS Biology on 22 December. The new study focuses on the species of mosquito primarily responsible for the transmission of malaria in Africa, known as Anopheles gambiae. These mosquitoes mate only once in their lifetime, which means that disrupting the reproductive process...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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