Skip to comments.Sea animal has grow-again penis
Posted on 02/13/2013 10:51:57 AM PST by Red Badger
Scientists reported Wednesday on the bizarre sex life of a sea slug that discards its penis after copulation. Then grows a new one.
"No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such 'disposable penes'," Japanese biologists wrote in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, describing the behaviour as "extremely peculiar". Dubbed Chromodoris reticulata in Latin, the red-and-white slugtechnically a shell-less molluscinhabits warms waters in Southeast Asia. The critter needs 24 hours between couplings to unroll an internally coiled and compressed juvenile penis to replace the used, external bit, the scientists found. It can repeat this feat at least three times. The human thumb-sized slug is an hermaphrodite, meaning it has both male and female sexual organs. The animals perform dual sexual roles during copulation. They give sperm to a mating partner while simultaneously receiving sperm, which they store for later insemination. The team observed copulation between sea slugs that they had captured during scuba dives and held in a tank. After each coupling, which lasted between dozens of seconds and a few minutes, every slug discarded its penisa thread-like organ that it projects from its side into a partner's vagina. The team also examined the microscopic structure and function of the male organsobserving an internal spiral structure they believe grows into a replacement penis. "We propose that the tissue at the spiral part of the penis is compressed and undifferentiated, gradually differentiating into the 'next penis'," the team wrote. "It may need approximately a day for the spiral structure to be ready for copulation." In another revelation about the sea slug's sex life, the scientists found its penis was covered with spinesand suggested these may be used to remove the sperm of previous partners being held in store by their mate. The spines are backward-pointing, making it difficult to withdraw the penis after copulation. This may explain the organ's disposable nature.
"Chromodoris reticulata may compensate for the short-term cost of decreased reproductive opportunities caused by the loss of a penis with the reproductive advantage gained by sperm displacement," wrote the study authors. Various animals are known to discard parts of their body, such as the gecko which sheds its tail. Few, though, are willing to part with their penis, the team noted with clinical understatement.
Rule 34, dude.
Rule 34 indeed. LOL
This comes in handy a lot of the time. I can leave it at home when I think it’s gonna get me in trouble, or I can rent it out when I don’t need it.
How come sea slugs get to use up body parts, discard them, and grow another one, and we don’t.
That would really come in handy. I could use some new arthritis-free fingers, some unscarred skin in quite a few places, and an internal organ or two.
Actually, Rule 35 :-)
Funny, I never thought of a sea slug as a “party animal” before....
Obama will propose a penis tax on slugs. No wait the slugs are his base. Never mind.
[Sam Kinison’s leper joke expurgated from this post]
OOOOoooooooo! OOOOOooooooooo! OOOOOOOooooooooo!
(Insert prolonged female ululation here)
Male Slug: Yeah, Baby, I’m a virgin!.........again!.......
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