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Old 02-13-2013, 01:40 PM   Topic Starter
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****This Sea Slug Discards Its Penis After Sex and Grows Another****

Even in the utterly dry language of science, there is no way to describe the mating behavior of the sea slug Chromodoris reticulata as anything other than bizarre. The creature, native to the Pacific Ocean, engages in simultaneous hermaphroditic matingóthat is, each slug has both a penis and a vagina, and when mating, both members of a couple inserts their penises into the otherís vagina at the same timeóbut thatís not nearly the strangest aspect of their reproduction efforts.

As discovered by a group of Japanese scientists and revealed today in the journal Biology Letters, itís what C. reticulata does after sex that is particularly unexpectedóand previously unknown in the animal kingdom. After copulating for about 10 minutes, each slug discards its penis and immediately begins growing a new one, which is ready for use within 24 hours.



http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/scie...ndgrowsanother

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