Animal Reproduction

When His Courtship Display Attracts Predators

March 4, 2020 0
Predation is a common aspect of life for most members of the animal kingdom. It’s difficult to concentrate on wooing a partner with a courtship display when one’s life is at stake. Unfortunately, the showy […]
Animal Parenting

Parenting Strategies of Egg-Laying Moms

January 8, 2020 0
In some species, egg-laying moms construct elaborate nests, burrows, or hiding spots for egg incubation. In other species, embryos are attached to the mother’s body in a specialized pouch or in a crevasse on her […]
Animal Reproduction

Species That Use The Sun In Their Mating Signals

January 1, 2020 0
The environment can do a lot of things to increase your chances of sexual success, when used wisely. These species use the sun to help improve the impact of their mating signals. Using the sun’s […]
explosive breeding frogs
Animal Reproduction

Male Frogs, Explosive Breeding, and Necrophilia

November 13, 2019 0
Many frog species exhibit something called explosive breeding. This is essentially a short breeding season wherein there is intense male:male competition for mates. Often, many males will attempt to court the same female. The females […]
Animal Reproduction

Mating Plugs: The Chastity Belts of the Animal Kingdom

October 30, 2019 0
Mating plugs are found in almost all groups of animals, from tiny nematodes to some of our closest primate relatives. Due to the often-contrasting needs of males versus females, the behavioural and physiological strategies with […]
Animal Reproduction

Sexual Cannibalism

October 23, 2019 3
Sexual cannibalism represents perhaps the most extreme form of conflict between the sexes. This kind of behaviour is observed in several species of praying mantids and spiders, and there is tremendous diversity in the extent […]