One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Males were allowed only one palpal insertion with each mate as males are functionally sterile after each palp is used once, but sufficient sperm is transferred in a single copulation to fertilize all of the female's eggs.’
- ‘In successful matings, the time of the first palpal insertion and which palp was inserted were noted.’
- ‘The sperm is then absorbed with the palpal organ, where it is stored until mating.’
- ‘And if you're more interested in how arachnids do it with palpal specializations than molluscan harpoons, I've got an article on how spiders mate.’
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