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 (spər-măt′ə-fôr′, spûr′mə-tə-)
A capsule or compact mass of spermatozoa that is transferred from the male to the female during mating in many invertebrates and certain salamanders.

sper′ma·toph′o·ral (spûr′mə-tŏf′ər-əl) adj.


(Zoology) a capsule of spermatozoa extruded by some molluscs, crustaceans, annelids, and amphibians
spermatophoral adj


(spɜrˈmæt əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr)

a capsule surrounding a mass of spermatozoa, produced by the male of various animal species and transferred to the female.
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Spermatogenesis, spermatophore and seminal fluid production in the adult blue crab Callinectes danae (Portunidae).
The sperm mass of surfperches has been referred to as a spermatophore in previous literature (Shaw and Allen 1977; Gardiner 1978).
Mating occurs head to head, the male transferring a spermatophore package to the female.
As soon as we established the breeding units, we observed frequent mating activities such as amplexus and hula (the behavior a male displays before spermatophore deposition), which lasted until we separated males from females on Day 26.
Spermatophoric reaction reappraised: novel insights into the functioning of the loliginid spermatophore based on Doryteuthis plei (Mollusca: Cephalopoda).
The spermatophore production also requires considerable investment for males (Wedell, 1992; Vahed and Gilbert, 1996), which also indicates a possible trade-off between macroptery and reproductive success.
If I tried to use the word spermatophore in general conversation, I would definitely regret it.
She places this spermatophore in a specialized cavity near the base of her rearmost walking legs.
This appears to be the third record of a spermatophore in a species of Streptaxidae, after reports in Sinistrexcisa de Winter, Gomez & Prieto, 1999, and Dadagulella Rowson & Tattersfield, 2013 (de Winter et al.
The results have presented the scientists with a further mystery; since the spermatophore is transferred internally, it is not clear how the female uses the size of this gift to decide whether to mate with a male.