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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The genus Metaparasitylenchus is found very closed to Parasitylenchus Micoletzky, 1922, which has a stylet present, gonad with short flexure, uterus with few eggs and it has a small parasitic male (Harding et al.
They examined the genetics of the nests and found that the parasitic male only sired 1.3% of the embryos.
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.e., with ambiguous or mixed genitalia), they are not even hermaphrodites, although the hosts may also be hermaphrodites rather than females.