Neurons and a sensory organ in the pedipalps of male spiders reveal that it is not a numb structure

Abstract

The primary function of male copulatory organs is depositing spermatozoa directly into the female reproductive tract. Typical male copulatory organs are sensorily active. This is in contrast to the copulatory organs of male spiders (i.e. palpal bulbi), which have been assumed to lack nerves and muscles until recently. Neurons have been found within the… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-12555-5

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