A C. elegans Male Mates with a Hermaphrodite (Real Time) (video) American Association for the Advancement of Science Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption A C. elegans male mates with a hermaphrodite (real time). The worms swim on their sides in a bacterial lawn on an agar surface. The male presses the ventral side of its tail against the hermaphrodite body and swims backwards, scanning for the vulva. Vulva location is followed by spicule prodding, spicule insertion, and ejaculation. Credit Movie credit: R. Lints and D.H. Hall (2009). Male introduction, in WormAtlas; doi:10.3908/wormatlas.2.1 Usage Restrictions Please cite the owner of the image when publishing. This image may be freely used by reporters as part of news coverage, with proper attribution. Non-reporters must contact Science for permission. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.