‘Chastity belts’ block rival sperm in female spiders

‘Chastity belts’ block rival sperm in female spiders

Some male spiders up-and-leave right after sex for good reason – they risk being eaten by their female partners if they linger too long. In the process of making a swift exit, many leave part of their genitalia inside their mates.

Now a new study reveals that detaching part of the genital organ is not a means to help the male escape a murderous attack. Instead, the abandoned genitals act as “chastity belts” and block the entry of sperm from competitors into the female.

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