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#1 DAD

So many limbs, so little anything else

My original post was kindly corrected by Dr. Bonnie Bain, who pointed out that the secretions- mainly emitted by cement glands on the femurs- the eggs were wrapped in were probably not mucus, but no one has investigated the material in depth. Dr. Bain’s paper has a lot of other interesting details about the mating of the sea spiders (pycnogonids), including some fascinating descriptions of courting behavior, and aggression between females for mates.

Bain, B.A. and Govedich, F.R., 2004. Courtship and mating behavior in the Pycnogonida (Chelicerata: Class Pycnogonida): a summary. Invertebrate reproduction & development46(1), pp.63-79.

Other references: Woods, Anne. REPRODUCTION & LIFE CYCLE OF SEA SPIDERS. Pets on Mom.com. https://animals.mom.com/spiders-reproduce-live-birth-eggs-7404.html Accessed 11/20/2020.

Image reference: Bernard Picton, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Penis fencing

Most flatworms are a little more chill about mating.

Reference: Michiels, N., Newman, L. Sex and violence in hermaphrodites. Nature 391, 647 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1038/35527

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Needlessly complex

There is a LOT of debate about why genital structures are so varied among species. SO MUCH DRAMA.

Reference: Alexander, C.P., 1970. Bredin-Archbold-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica: The Crane Flies. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology.

This is a series of little illustrated factoids about animal reproduction, posted daily. I’d love to hear your suggestions/ feedback. I also post these on my insta.

size matters

I’m guessing they pheromones to find their mates, but I like to imagine a large rock covered in barnacles, little penises emerging from all of them, feeling around like long thin little fingers.

Reference: Neufeld, C.J. and Palmer, A.R., 2008. Precisely proportioned: intertidal barnacles alter penis form to suit coastal wave action. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275(1638), pp.1081-1087.

This is a series of little illustrated factoids about animal reproduction, posted daily. I’d love to hear your suggestions/ feedback. I also post these on my insta.

Worm lies

They do have long proboscises, tho.

These poor worms in phyla Priapulida mate through external fertilization.

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mucus cuddle

This is my favorite penis fact, by far. Such a cute little slug mucus cuddle.

Reference: Davison, Angus, 2019. Leopard slugs mate in the most beautifully bizarre way – and nobody knows why. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/leopard-slugs-mate-in-the-most-beautifully-bizarre-way-and-nobody-knows-why-128284

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The little death

I did my best to draw this honey bee penis, but honestly I have no idea how well I did.

Reference: Chapman, R.F. and Chapman, R.F., 1998. The insects: structure and function. Cambridge university press.

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A little too stabby

These little slugs are TINY. Like just a few mm long.

The stylet also inserts something into the other slug that increases it’s fertility.

Reference: Anthes, N. and Michiels, N.K., 2007. Precopulatory stabbing, hypodermic injections and unilateral copulations in a hermaphroditic sea slug. Biology Letters, 3(2), pp.121-124.

This is a series of little illustrated factoids about animal reproduction, posted daily. I’d love to hear your suggestions/ feedback. I also post these on my insta.

Penis/ Butt chin

This is a series of little illustrated factoids about animal reproduction, posted daily. I’d love to hear your suggestions/ feedback. I also post these on my insta.

Reference: Shibukawa, K., Tran, D.D. and Tran, L.X., 2012. Phallostethus cuulong, a new species of priapiumfish (Actinopterygii: Atheriniformes: Phallostethidae) from the Vietnamese Mekong. Zootaxa, 3363(1), pp.45-51.

Austin, C.R., and Short, R.V. eds., 1986. Reproduction in Mammals. Cambridge University Press.