Clasper Flaring: Maintenance Behavior, or a Normally Hidden Feature of Male Whitetip Reef Sharks, Triaenodon Obesus?
EK Ritter1, *, LVJ Compagno2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2013
First Page: 10
Last Page: 12
Publisher Id: TOFISHSJ-6-10
Article History:Received Date: 10/11/2012
Revision Received Date: 28/12/2012
Acceptance Date: 29/12/2013
Electronic publication date: 08/3/2013
Collection year: 2013
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Male whitetip reef sharks, Triaenodon obsesus, are able to pivot their claspers beyond regular flexing, including spreading their distal tips in a funnel like fashion. The feature of this extended clasper flexing, labelled clasper flaring, is described here. It is speculated to possibly reflect a pre- or post-copulation-related behavior.