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1 A gelatinous cone of jelly with a sperm cap on top that is secreted by the cloacal glands of male Urodela. It is deposited by the male during the courtship ritual and picked up by the cloacal lips of the female, thus enabling internal fertilization.

2 Packet of sperm, produced in a wide range of insect groups, which may be deposited on the ground or transferred directly to the female. The spermatophore has a gelatinous protein capsule produced by the male accessory genitalia.

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