First evidence of neurons in the male copulatory organ of a spider (Arachnida, Araneae)

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Lipke, Elisabeth; Hammel, Jörg U.; Michalik, Peter;

Spider males have evolved a remarkable way of transferring sperm by using a modified part of their pedipalps, the so-called palpal organ. The palpal organ is ontogenetically derived from tarsal claws; however, no nerves, sensory organs or muscles have been detected in t... View more
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