claspers


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claspers

(ˈklɑːspəz)
pl n
1. (Zoology) a paired organ of male insects, used to clasp the female during copulation
2. (Zoology) a paired organ of male sharks and related fish, used to assist the transfer of spermatozoa into the body of the female during copulation
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In 2012, when the individual was 8.5 m in total length (TL), the claspers began to elongate, and the distal ends of the claspers changed into cauliflower-shaped forms.
David Clasper, whose great great grandfather Richard was Harry's brother and the coxswain in the championship-winning boat, wrote a book called Rowing: A Way of Life, which told of the Claspers of Tyneside and was published in 2003 by Gateshead Council.
Old Uncle Ned was roped in and in the summer of 1845 the Claspers headed back to the Thames with yet another new boat, the Lord Ravensworth.
Claspers long, subelliptic, with inner border strongly sclerotized, with setae as illustrated (Fig.
Males can be distinguished by the pair of claspers at end of abdomen, used to hold the female during copulation.
Claspers of two mature male paratypes covered with dermal denticles on ventral side except for tips, exposing naked spur for length of 4.6 mm (Fig.
"Our finds show that these extinct armored fishes, the placoderms, had intimate copulation with males inserting claspers (a structure that is part of the pelvic fin) inside the female to deposit sperm," Long said.
Now the family face forking out thousands to get it finished and a row has broken out between the Claspers and builder Frank Cooper who started work on the extension.
He compares the Claspers' achievements with two other rowing families, the Matfins and the Taylors.
Long said that the claspers were used by the ancient fish, an extinct class of armoured fish called placoderms, to grip inside the female while they were mating.
The Claspers of Tyneside, telling of these forgotten sporting heroes.