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Saturday, February 05, 2005

Animal facts I haven't shared with Beanie.

As I've already made clear, I love odd animals.

But animals with bizarre mating strategies are especially cool! At the following website, I found some creatures with kinky (but evolutionarily advantageous) sexual behaviors:

For instance, this worm goes wild with crazy glue:

"The parasitic acanthosephalan worm Moniliformes dubius cements a female's reproductive opening shut after mating. Further, he male may cement the genitals of other males shut, preventing them from mating (Abele and Gilchrist 1977 cited in Krebs and Davies 1987)."

And these bugs practice -- what else to call it but sado-masochistic homosexual rape?:

"Homosexual copulation also occurs in the hemipteran insect Xylocoris maculipennis. Copulation normally involves the male piercing the female's body wall and injecting sperm. The males sometimes inject sperm into rival males, where they swim to the rival's testes and are inseminated with the next ejaculate (Carayon 1974 cited in Krebs and Davies 1987)."

That's kind of cool, but doesn't it also make you want to scream? Imagine if these creatures were cow-sized, running around, spearing each other. I've read about these bugs before. They can stack; that is, a female is on the bottom, being pierced by a male, who is likewise being pierced by another male, who is getting pierced by yet another -- but the top male's sperm makes it down (via all the other males) to the female. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I mean, isn't nature lovely?


Finally, for anyone who has ever felt themselves losing their identity in a close relationship, let the disturbing permanent embrace of the angler fish be a lesson to you:

"As soon as the male attaches himself to his mate, she begins to slowly absorb him (men, this part may sound familiar). Eventually, his lips grow into the skin of her side, his mouth and eyes disappear, his circulatory system ties itself to hers and he becomes a permanent appendage, dependent on her for food, protection, and a ride. He becomes little more than a reproductive organ, the sex act his only purpose (ladies, I’m sure this part sounds familiar)."



  • At 12:34 AM, Blogger Vilda Chaya said…

    I always love learning about the beauty of nature. Thank you so much for sharing those facts. I especially enjoyed the story about the angler fish. Creepy!


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