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Licence: 
Creative Commons Licence
Imaging technique: 
Photograph
Description: 

Large male S. officinalis above mature female in laboratory culture tank. The male is guarding this female from another large male out of view to the left. Male/male interactions can be very intense once mating and egg-laying begin. The bold zebra stripes on the fleshy 3rd arm of the males in this species is a way of telling the sex of an individual as females do not possess this component of patterning.

Maturity: Adult; Lab or Wild: Lab; Origin: E. atlantic, u.k. or france

Creator: 
John Forsythe
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith