The comments below have not been moderated. The tiny male throws a modified arm containing spermatozoa (called a hectocotylus) at the female, which will then swim toward the female's mantle (the sac which stores her organs), finding its way inside and subsequently fertilizing the eggs. In an article for The Huffington Post, Hal Herzog, Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University, questioned whether animals may enjoy painful sex, which he likened to acts of sadomasochism. They are also some 600 times lighetr than females. The males of most cephalopods develop a specialised arm for sperm delivery, the hectocotylus. 2 / 7. 'The inflated inner nose of a hooded seal may seem disgusting to us but it is potentially the most attractive and glorious thing a female hooded seal has ever laid eyes upon,' said Mr Urry, The ‘least weird’ mating ritual according to the poll, with only 3 per cent of the vote, is displayed by the porcupine, but it involves the male drenching the female in urine from seven feet (2 metres) away. Male banana slugs must choose their mate carefully as if the female is too small, their penis might get stuck. Verified. Tourists are warned to stand clear. The strange act communicates health and superior status to both other males and females they are attempting to attract and the creatures shake the membrane to make seductive noises, which vary depending on whether the seal is under water or on land. ... Octopuses have a special arm for mating. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts. This octopus technically has eight arms, but it's safe to say the Argonaut has one extra - its super long detachable penis. Seeking expert advice, he said bear researcher Bob Jordan said bears show ritualised displays of dominance and submission during sex, and Gordon Burghardt of the University of Tennessee said sexual play is also seen in some spider species. For example, wolves (pictured) abstain for most of the year because males are vulnerable when they are 'locked' inside females for over half an hour, ‘For example, a male wolf gets "locked" inside the female for up to half an hour.’. Last year, the mating ritual of the argonaut octopus was voted to be the strangest mating practice of an animal in a Society of Biology poll, and with good reason. Octopuses have a special arm for mating. The male argonaut has a modified third left arm that carries and stores sperm. He pointed out that humans have only been around for 40,000 years so our idea of what constitutes sex is very recent when compared to the estimated first instance of sexual reproduction, which dates back in the fossil record to 1.2 billion years ago and was seen in single celled organisms. So while scientists are not sure why the male argonaut octopus detaches its penis during sex there must be a very good reason for it. When mating, male blanket and argonaut octopi will detach their specialised arms: a tentacle-like copulatory organ called a hectocotylus and give it to the female to fertilize her eggs. They have the reproductive organs of both the sexes, can act as both male and female at the same time, and on rare occasions, will even mate with themselves. The male Argonaut Octopus also dies just after mating â but in this case, he doesnât even die safe in the knowledge that his genetic material will make it to the next generation! Ducks are known to be rough lovers and the Argentine duck has the longest penis of any bird species at around 17 inches (43cm) long. It’s all very macabre. For example, male bed bugs stab their penis through the female’s abdomen so they can inject sperm straight into her bloodstream. During mating the males will sometimes fight to mate with the female. Tourists are warned to stand clear. The male dies soon after his unique ordeal, but the females move one and find new mates. 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The hectocotylus of the male argonaut (aka paper nautilus) can grow up to 2 centimeters (0.8 in) long, which doesn’t sound like much until you take into account the fact that the octopus itself only reaches about 1 centimeter (0.4 in) long, so his penis is twice as long as his entire body. The male uses a specialized arm called a 'hectocotylus' to fertilize the eggs. Octopuses are some of the most antisocial, unfriendly animals alive. Argonaut Octopus. From banana slugs that can mate with themselves, to fish that turn their ‘boyfriends’ into a clingy parasite until only his testes are left, experts have rounded up the most bizarre and disgusting mating rituals. When the female Argonauta nodosa produces her eggs, those eggs are stored in her brood shell. Blood test that can detect Alzheimer's at least four years BEFORE symptoms begin is hailed as 'potential... P-p-p-pick up a parcel - while you can! Despite the fact that sex is believed to be pleasurable among mammals, most species do not partake in sexual activity throughout the year and Mr Urry says there are good reasons for this. "Octopus mating is definitely different than other cephalopods," says marine biologist Jean Boal of Millersville University in Pennsylvania. The picture on the right shows two bluering octopuses during the act of mating. Sexual dimorphism is usually expressed in slight differences of size and in the proportions of various parts. When a female swims by, the lazy male Argonaut sends his penis off to swim to the female and mate with her. They feed mostly on plankton. audiovideodisco writes "Even among octopuses, the Argonaut must be one of the coolest. ‘With humans, sex and pleasure go hand in hand, and this is closely linked to the phenomenon of the orgasm. In this way, females can be fertilised by more than one male by storing their 'penises' in her cavity. ‘In the grand scale of things however, the orgasm has emerged fairly recently, appearing around 65 million years ago, with the advent of mammals.’. In fact, the penis is a ball of sperm in a tentacle called a hectocotylus is inserted into the female's pallial cavity. This usually occurs during the mating season. Disclaimer: The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students.ADW doesn't cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. The winner of the fight mates with the female. For example, cats have barbed penises which scrape the inside of a female’s vagina, leading come people to note that female cats cry out in pain during the act. The female Argonaut then secretes a shell-like egg-case out of the tips of its two modified dorsal tentacles, crawls inside with her man's detached package, and lays some eggs for said detachment to fertilize. The males often die within a couple of months just after they finally have found a mate. The Argonaut octopus' (pictured) mating ritual has been voted the strangest. Bernd Hofmann/Wikipedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0. The picture on the right shows two bluering octopuses during the act of mating. The winner of the fight mates with the female. Green spoon worms take the idea step further. The male mollusc won almost a third of votes in a survey set up by the Society of Biology to identify the strangest animal sex. Homepage. The males use a modified arm, the hectocotylus, to transfer sperm to the female. Like many octopi, the male Argonautâs third left arm develops into a âhectocotylus,â (octopus penis) which the male is able to detach for copulation. Many animals, such as the domestic cat, have spines on their penis, which rake the walls of the female’s vagina, to discourage her from finding another mate straight away. The male Argonaut is much smaller than the female and has a specialized arm, called a hectocotylus, in which sperm is transferred from the âpenisâ to the female. This usually occurs during the mating season. After mating with a male (who is around 8 times smaller and 600 times lighter), the female secretes the papery shell using the tips of two large tentacles. When a male honeybee mates with a queen his testicles can explode and penis break off so he dies and some female lizards bear sex scars for weeks. Once the octopus reaches adulthood, it will eventually get the urge to mate. The female octopus does not eat as long a she guards the eggs. The argonaut, the only cephalopod to secrete and live in a shell of its own making, is a unique sea creature that swims via jet propulsion – using powerful jets of water squirted through a funnel in its shell. Published: 05:54 EST, 3 April 2015 | Updated: 19:38 EST, 3 April 2015. Octopus mating is a one-time thing for just about all of the species. 5.An octopus' penis, formed by the male's third arm and called hectocotylus, is detachable. However, if it knew just what was waiting for it soon after, it might think twice. In the argonaut and the blanket octopus (Tremoctopus) the males differ in appearance and size from the females.. ‘What can result is an evolutionary arms race between the sexes, each trying to gain the upper hand,’ he told MailOnline. Today I found out there is an octopus with a detachable penis. But for big species like the giant Pacific octopus, mating can last at least half an hour. This sexual dimorphism poses an obvious question – how is reproduction possible when your potential baby daddy is only a fraction of your size? During mating, the male octopus uses its âhectoctylusâ to insert sperm into the female. Mating Although live male argonauts have never been observed in the wild, a basic understanding of fertilization in argonauts has been attained based on dead male and living female specimens (Norman, 2003). The male argonaut octopus' âpenisâ is actually a modified arm, known as a hectocotylus, that contains sperm. The tiny male throws a modified arm containing spermatozoa (called a hectocotylus) at the female, which will then swim toward the female's mantle (the â¦ Instead, they continue to grow and reproduce. A few species have flaâ¦ Scientists solve millennia-old mystery about the argonaut octopus . Some animals have incredibly rough sex, which can end in death. Nestled with their arms tucked inside this beautiful, translucent home, they drift through the open ocean while other octopus species crawl along the sea floor. They start life sexless and while females grow to become three and six inches (8cm to 15cm) long some larvae become attached to their body and become male, measuring just a couple of millimetres long. This species of octopus, like other octopi, uses one of their tentacles to deliver the sperm inside the female â a much more intimate process than many other invertebrates. The paper nautilus or Argonaut is usually found near the surface of tropical and subtropical seas. Not voted quite as disgusting is the Hooded seal. Mating Although live male argonauts have never been observed in the wild, a basic understanding of fertilization in argonauts has been attained based on dead male and living female specimens (Norman, 2003). Octopus. The result can cause significant damage to the female, and occasionally death. A hectocotylus (plural: hectocotyli) is one of the arms of male cephalopods that is specialized to store and transfer spermatophores to the female. The male Argonaut Octopus also dies just after mating – but in this case, he doesn’t even die safe in the knowledge that his genetic material will make it to the next generation! Unable to pull out afterwards, the only option left is to bite off the other slug’s reproductive organ. ‘Wolves for example, abstain for most of the year, as in the wild having sex makes one vulnerable to attack. Itâs also a paradox. 10 Of The Weirdest Mating Rituals In Nature Male argonaut octopuses have a detachable phallus, which is a small sperm ball inside a hectocotylus (modified octopus arm). Humans may have their quirks and kinks, but sex in the animal kingdom can be truly strange and excruciatingly painful. The male Argonaut is much smaller than the female and has a specialized arm, called a hectocotylus, in which sperm is transferred from the “penis” to the female. Majestic Dalmatian Pelican in flight and a female wolf killed in a brutal fight for dominance with her... Is this the future of classrooms? And although live male argonauts have never actually been observed in the wild, an understanding of their reproduction processes has been gleaned from observing a dead male and a live female. But the insurance policy comes at a price, because their testes swell to 200 times their normal size, and because they are located inside the animal's body, it is thought to be very uncomfortable. It gets its nickname â 'paper nautilus' â from the fragile shell the female assembles around herself after mating with the tiny male (whose tentacle/penis breaks off and remains in the female). Female Argonauta argo with eggcase and eggs. Humans may have their quirks and kinks, but sex in the animal kingdom can be truly strange and excruciatingly painful. The eight-armed marine creature has a long, detachable penis in order to mate with females that are five times bigger than itself. ‘But while these examples bear superficial similarities to human S & M, they don't strike me as really being the same phenomenon as Ana experiences in Fifty Shades,’ he wrote. During mating, the maleâs hectocotylus, an arm that contains sperm, is released and stays inside the female. The male's modified arm develops in a pouch under its eye until it’s called upon, at which points it explodes out of the cavity and swims across to the female, attaching itself to her mantle via suckers, and wiggling its way inside. David Urry, Regional Coordinator at the Society of Biology explained that ‘sexual conflict’ occurs when the two sexes have different ideal outcomes from reproduction, normally in the mode and frequency of mating. It’s not known how painful such sex is to animals, but rough play is common. However, unusually for cephalopods, the females don’t die after laying eggs. 421 comments. ‘It is important however, that this evolutionary arms race does not sway too far in favour of one sex as it may threaten the persistence of the species as a whole - if male bed bugs killed all the females via traumatic insemination then no eggs would be laid at all and everyone loses.’. Its detachable penis ‘swims’ off to mate with a female. A female is shown. At mating, the hectocotylus, which carries one large spermatophore, breaks out of its sac and then from the male body. Perhaps unsurprisingly, porcupine sex is very rare as females are only receptive to sexual advances for between eight and 12 hours per year. And after much deliberation, scientists and members of the public have crowned the Argonaut octopus' taste in sex, whose detachable penis ‘swims’ off to mate, the weirdest in the natural world. It’s also a paradox. Argonaut octopus. The bodies of male Angler fish actually fuses to the female's, turning it into a parasite. The Flapjack Octopus is probably the cutest species. The females often die shortly after they are able to lay their eggs. The female later lays a number of eggs, out of which the small squid larvae hatch. The now seven armed male blanket octopus swims away and dies very shortly thereafter. Itâs mating season for the wild horses on North Carolinaâs Outer Banks, a time when stallions are known to stand on two legs and fight like seasoned boxers. New comments cannot be … When a female swims by, the male Argonaut sends his penis off to swim to the female and mate with her. The female blanket octopus is 80 to 100 times longer and 10,000 times heavier than the male! The hectocotylus when found in females was originally described as a parasitic worm. The Detached Lover - Argonaut Octopus. 421 comments. Banana slugs (shown mating) have the reproductive organs of both the sexes, can act as both male and female at the same time, and on rare occasions, will even mate with themselves. Play it now. In the past, scientists that caught female specimens confused the attached penises for parasitic worms. This structure holds the eggs throughout development. Cuomo tells hospitals to recruit retired doctors NOW and warns second lockdown is possible as COVID hospitalizations soar to the same level as March 23 - and that's BEFORE all the Thanksgiving infections, Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group, Creature was voted to have the strangest sex in a Society of Biology poll, Banana slugs can mate with themselves and porcupines wee to woo, Sex can be painful because the males and females have different aims. ‘Mating rituals therefore, and more specifically the timing of their initiation, are important in giving a clear signal that now is a good time to get it on.’. share. Unlike some painful animal sex, the male doesn’t grip the female in any way and thrusts by flexing and strengthening his knees. In fear of being eaten by a female during mating, the male Argonaut Octopus will often rip off its own penis and throw it at the female to inseminate on her own. Short-beaked Echidnas have a four-headed penis, with two heads working at any one time so they are guaranteed to perform. Examples include males losing their penises and females being stabbed by them. SCIENTISTS SOLVE MILLENNIA-OLD MYSTERY ABOUT THE ARGONAUT OCTOPUS Ed Yong / DIscoverMag The argonauts are a group of octopuses unlike any other. Males inflate their their uniquely elastic nasal cavities into what looks like a pink balloon, which is deemed attractive by females. Banana slugs copulate in a variety of unusual ways because they are hermaphrodites. save hide report. In fear of being eaten by a female during mating, the male Argonaut Octopus will often rip off its own penis and throw it at the female to inseminate on her own. The Argonaut octopus' (pictured) mating ritual has been voted the strangest. But being soft-bodied, they can't indulge for too long. In fact, the penis is a ball of sperm in a tentacle called a hectocotylus and females can be fertilised by more than one, by storing them in the mantle cavity. Its detachable penis ‘swims’ off to mate with a female. The males are inhaled by the female and live trapped inside her body, where they constantly eject sperm. Sign up today to get weekly science coverage direct to your inbox. Last year, the mating ritual of the argonaut octopus was voted to be the strangest mating practice of an animal in a Society of Biology poll, and with good reason. Argonaut Octopus beautifully screenprinted with white and off-white inks on a red Bella Canvas brand, 100% cotton, 4.5oz ring spun, super soft t-shirt. This is a conveniently evolved method of reproduction for the deep sea, when encounters between the sexes can be very rare. The female forms a "nacelle," a thin calcareous shell, with two of her legs (the others are used for swimming). During mating the males will sometimes fight to mate with the female. ‘It is believed that the male bed bug adopts this strategy to ensure paternity as the female cannot risk intercourse with other partners as it is far too physically damaging. 6 Argonaut Octopus Antics. It’s easy to imagine how animals may be put off the experience if it is too rough, perhaps putting future generations at risk if they shy away from sex. ‘Occasionally, in extreme instances, this can result in what is known as traumatic insemination. "Argonaut" Octopus Sucks Air Into Shell As Ballast 72 Posted by timothy on Wednesday May 19, 2010 @03:10PM from the 8-legs-good dept. Verified. The hectocotylus is inserted into the females pouch and breaks off during mating. Argonaut. If it turns her on and she is impressed with his pheromones, then they will mate, and she won’t let him stop until he’s physically exhausted. ... Porcupine mating is a rare occurrence though, as females are only sexually receptive for eight to 12 hours a year. The … No less a thinker than Aristotle put forward a hypothesis. ‘There are many thousands of ways of going about what in essence is a very simple thing: the coming together of a male and female individual and subsequent fusing of male and female gametes,’ Mr Urry said. For octopuses, mating is a pretty subdued affair. The male argonaut is a dwarf, about 10% of the length of the female. However, because the animal kingdom is so diverse, he said that it’s hard to make generalisations when it comes to mating rituals. 5.An octopus' penis, formed by the male's third arm and called hectocotylus, is detachable. 94% Upvoted. Male bed bugs (a microscopic image is shown) stab their penis through the female’s abdomen so they can inject sperm straight into her bloodstream. The ‘least weird’ mating ritual according to the poll, with only three per cent of the vote, is displayed by the porcupine, but it involves the male drenching the female in urine from seven feet (two metres) away.
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