n. [Gr. ektos, outside; sperma, seed; legein, to gather]
In females, one to two cuticular pouches, variable in position, functioning for the reception of the male clasper and penis; see Ribaga\'s organ.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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