complemental male
In certain annelids and barnacles, a small male that inhabits the same area occupied by a hermaphroditic form.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • complemental male — the small, usually degenerate (except for gonads) male which lives attached to the female, e.g. some Ceratioidei. Also and less preferably called parasitic male …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • complemental male — Dwarf male …   Crustacea glossary

  • complemental male — noun : a minute modified male barnacle that lives attached to certain hermaphroditic barnacles …   Useful english dictionary

  • complemental plate — (Subclass Cirripedia): In barnacle, term applied to relatively small male attached to hermaphroditic individual. (See also dwarf male) [Stachowitsch, 1992] …   Crustacea glossary

  • parasitic male — complemental male (the small, usually degenerate (except for gonads) male which lives attached to the female, e.g. some Ceratioidei. Parasitic male is the less preferable name) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • complementary male — noun : complemental male * * * complementary male, (in certain crustaceans and worms) a dwarf male that lives as a parasite upon the ordinary hermaphrodite individuals …   Useful english dictionary

  • dwarf male — (Subclass Cirripedia): In barnacle, term applied to relatively small male attached to female individual. (See also complemental male) [Stachowitsch, 1992] …   Crustacea glossary

  • dwarf male — noun 1. : a small plant of algae of the family Oedogoniaceae that consists of a few cells, develops from an androspore near the oogonium, is usually attached to the cell below it, and produces only spermatozoids called also nannander 2. :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • barnacle — barnacle1 barnacled, adj. /bahr neuh keuhl/, n. 1. any marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia, usually having a calcareous shell, being either stalked (goose barnacle) and attaching itself to ship bottoms and floating timber, or stalkless… …   Universalium

  • sex — /seks/, n. 1. either the male or female division of a species, esp. as differentiated with reference to the reproductive functions. 2. the sum of the structural and functional differences by which the male and female are distinguished, or the… …   Universalium

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