parasitic male

Related to parasitic male: angler fish, Lophiiformes

parasitic male

n
(Zoology) zoology a male animal that is much smaller than the female and is totally dependent on the female for its nutrition, such as the male of some species of deep-sea angler fish
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They examined the genetics of the nests and found that the parasitic male only sired 1.
In the case of EPC, or sneaking, the parasitic male may steal fertilizations from other males who have gained access to females.
Not only are female barnacles with parasitic males not intersexes (i.