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    The fruitless fru gene of Drosophila melanogaster generates two groups of protein products, the male-specific FruM proteins and non-sex-specific FruCOM proteins. The FruM proteins have a amino acids sex. We sex that this N-terminal extension might confer male-specific roles on FruM interaction partner proteins such as Lola, which otherwise operates as a transcription factor common to both sexes. FruM-expressing neurons are known to connect with other neurons to form a sexually dimorphic circuit for male mating behavior.

    We propose that FruM proteins expressed thw two sex partners specify, at the transcriptional level, signaling pathways through which select pre- and post-synaptic partners communicate, and thereby pleiotropic ligand-receptor pairs for cell-cell interactions acquire the high sex for mutual connections between two Tye the. We further discuss the possibility that synaptic connections made by FruM-positive neurons are regulated by neural activities, which in turn upregulate Fru expression in active cells, resulting in feedforward enhancement of courtship activities of the male fly.

    The gene responsible for fru mutant phenotypes encodes, when wild type, a group of transcriptional regulators with a masculinizer function FruM Ito et al.

    However, there remain uncertainties regarding the mechanisms of action of the fru ffly in achieving this organizer role in the sexual dimorphism formation of the brain. This the discusses three major questions. Do non-sex-specific products FruCOM of the fru gene have nothing to do with sex-type specification? Is the neural masculinizing action of FruM ascribable entirely to its cell autonomous function?

    Does the fru gene affect adult behavior exclusively through its developmental functions before adult emergence? Sex fru gene spans over kb of the genome, and harbors at least four promoters, P1—P4 Hhe et al. The distally located P1 promoter is dedicated to sex-specific functions of the fru gene, whereas the P2—P4 promoters contribute to the production of FruCOM proteins, which are shared by both sexes Ryner et aex. Structurally, FruM the have a unique N-terminal extension composed of sex acids a.

    The a. Although C-terminal variations likely contribute to target specificities Neville et al. This observation, however, does not exclude the possibility that FruCOM might have additional transcriptional targets to which FruM proteins are unable to bind for transcriptional regulation. Figure 1. Schematic representation of the fruitless fru gene structure. A Locations of four fly P1—P4the exon-intron organization fly the fru NP21 P -element insertion point an inverted triangle are shown.

    Filled and open boxes indicate coding and non-coding exons, respectively. The second exon subjected to sex-specific splicing is highlighted in color. A-E denote isoform-specific exons for types A-E. The start and termination codons are also shown.

    B Splicing variations and flu resulting protein isoform variants are illustrated. C The Tra-binding sites and sexually dimorphic splicing mechanism are depicted. The P1 promoter seems to be active only in neurons, as FruM expression is strictly confined to neurons Sato et al. The male-specific FruM expression is a result of sex-specific splicing of the fru primary transcript Figures 1B,Cwhich yields fru mRNA encoding a full-length ORF in males and fly ORF prematurely interrupted by a stop codon and thus non-coding in females Heinrichs et sex.

    Thus, the presence or absence of FruM FruCOM is not expressed in adult neurons of either sex is decisive in fly the sexual fate of a neuron to the male fate or female fate. The sex-determination in Drosophila is achieved on a cell-by-cell basis, i. Thus the Sxl gene typically produces the Sxl protein only in XX individuals. The female-specific Sxl sx functions as a splicing regulator that induces female-specific splicing of its target, the transformer tra gene primary transcript.

    Only a transcript spliced in the female pattern can encode a functional Tra protein, which in turn induces female-specific splicing distinct from a default splicing that occurs in males in its targets, e. Upon binding to the Tra target motif in the fru-P1 primary transcript Ito et al. Ln Tra-binding motif has been identified in primary transcripts from P2—P4 promoters. The P1 promoter dedicated to sex-related functions is active only in neurons, while the P2—P4 promoters are active teh a variety of tissues.

    Our recent analysis with wandering stage larval brains convincingly showed that nearly all neuroblasts transiently express FruCOM proteins, which rapidly fade out and disappear in the daughter cells i. This raises the intriguing possibility that FruCOM proteins have a hitherto uncharacterized function in proliferating neuroblasts, such as specifying the types of neurons the neuroblast should produce. It remains to be determined whether larval expression of FruCOM could have any sustained effect on the transcriptional state of Fru-responsive genomic elements—such as, for example, to sensitize them for subsequent exposure to FruM.

    With a few exceptions, transcription factors act within cells in which they are expressed. First, the number of neurons that comprise the cluster is five in females and 30 in males. Second, the ipsilateral neurite forms only in males. Third, the posteriorly fly contralateral neurite bifurcates near its tip only in females.

    These three sex-specific characteristics are determined by the presence or absence of FruM. Reducing functional Fly levels in males e. In principle, the neurons with kn structures are not produced; every neuron in the mAL cluster is either a perfect female-type or male-type neuron under fru loss-of-function conditions Ito et al. By contrast, manipulations of a fru downstream element or some fru -interacting partners result in malformation of one or more sexually dimorphic characteristics of mAL neurons Goto et al.

    These observations suggest that FruM proteins operate as two-directional switches between the female-type and male-type developmental pathways in mAL neurons, whereas the specification of each sex-specific neural structure is achieved by pathway-specific molecules downstream of FruM. FruM and the FruM-downstream components function in the cell that produces these molecules, i.

    Sex differences in neurons other than mAL are also produced by a similar cell autonomous mechanism, and sexually dimorphic neurons thus specified on a cell-by-cell basis may form synapses to establish a sex-specific circuitry. On the other hand, synaptogenesis inevitably involves coordinated tuning of pre- and postsynaptic elements. Thus, it is conceivable that cell-to-cell interactions during synaptogenesis would also contribute to sexually dimorphic refinement of dendritic arbors and axonal terminals.

    There is a precedent case in which FruM expression in a cell was shown to be pivotal for normal development of another cell; that is, fly male-specific adult the called the muscle of Lawrence MOL was shown to form only when innervated by a male motoneuron named the Mind MOL-inducing neuron Nojima et al. Exploring how the MOL induction is achieved by the Mind neuron will provide insights into the molecular mechanism whereby FruM in a neuron exerts non-cell autonomous effects on its synaptic partners for the formation the a sexually dimorphic circuit.

    The nervous system sex holometabolous insects such as Drosophila is largely reorganized during the pupal stage when sexually dimorphic circuitry is newly established under the control of FruM and Dsx. Consistent with this fact, FruM expression commences at the wandering third instar the stage, peaks at the pupal stage, and thereafter declines but does not disappear after the adult emergence Lee et al. The functions of FruM in the adult stage have been ill-defined. However, clues to the roles of FruM in adults were obtained by Hueston et al.

    They found that fru-GAL4 expression in the Or47b oh olfactory neurons is sustained through the adult stage only when these cells are functionally active: fru-GAL4 expression is activity-dependent in Or47b neurons Hueston et al. Or47b is activated by the fatty acid ligand methyl laurate, which is an endogenous aphrodisiac for both sexes and is contained in the adult cuticle of both sexes Dweck et al.

    The major sex pheromones in Drosophila are several hydrocarbon compounds in the body surface cuticle Jallon, Notably, genetic deprivation of all hydrocarbons from wild-type male flies makes them extremely attractive for other ssex and results in male-male courtship, which is rarely seen under normal conditions Fly et al.

    These unusual homosexual activities among males are likely evoked by the fatty acid attractants the in the cuticle, from which hydrocarbon pheromones, both excitatory and inhibitory ones, have been deprived. Notably, male-male courtship is a hallmark of fru mutants that lack fru expression Hall, ; Villella et pn.

    Recent studies have demonstrated that male-male courtship in fru mutants is enhanced by rearing these flies in a group and suppressed by social isolation Pan sx Baker, ; Kohatsu and Yamamoto, Olfactory experience appears important for the development of this trait because genetic deprivation of olfaction abrogated the induction of male-male courtship in grouped zex mutant males Pan and Baker, These observations tempt us to postulate that activity-dependent fly expression might play a role in experience-dependent changes in behavior after adult emergence.

    Another study showed that juvenile hormone JH; known to stimulate reproductive maturation in the adult acts on Or47b olfactory neurons in mature adult males to boost their ligand sensitivity, making these elder males more successful in copulation than younger males Pn et al. Remarkably, Wu et al.

    It would be the interest to examine whether the mechanism by sex JH elevates male mating success by acting on Or47b is dependent on functional FruM in these neurons. It remains to be examined whether fru expression in the IR52a -sensory neurons as positive regulators for male-male courtship is also modulated by neural activities during the adult stage.

    The FruM proteins have an N-terminal extension that FruCOM proteins lack, but we do not know how important this structural difference sex in terms of the protein functions. Molecular studies on the actions of FruBM protein have revealed that this protein forms a fly complex with an isoform of Lola, a pleiotropic transcription factor, to transcriptionally repress the robo1 gene, a direct target of FruM Ito et al.

    Robo1 functions to inhibit the extension of the male-specific neurite of mAL neurons, thereby contributing to the formation of sexual dimorphism in these neurons Ito et al. Lola is known to drive neuroblasts to exit the stem cell state and enter the the pathway Southall et al.

    An intriguing possibility is that FruCOM contributes to this process together with Lola in both sexes by playing a transcriptional role similar to that of FruM in sexual-type specification in males, and yet its target specificity or its preference for interaction partners differs oon that of FruM.

    Notably, fasciculation and path-finding of pioneering axons in the embryo were disrupted by fru mutations that lost FruCOM while retaining FruM proteins Song et al. Remarkably, axon guidance and fasciculation defects were rescued by the type A or type B isoform of FruCOM but not by any of the FruM isoforms when these hte were overexpressed in neuroblasts and GMCs but not neuronssuggesting that FruCOM functions are required in cells before neural differentiation for normal axonogenesis that occurs after differentiation Song et al.

    Intriguingly, FruM overexpression even exaggerated the axonal defects in fru mutants Song et al. These observations imply that FruCOM proteins with no N-terminal extension have biological activities distinct from those of FruM with the N-terminal extension. One may envisage, for example, that the male-specific N-terminal extension of Sex affects the stability of the FruM-containing transcriptional complex by modulating the proteasomal degradation of FruM-interaction partners within the complex.

    We presume that FruM is evolutionarily a derivative of FruCOM that was co-opted for sex-specific functions in neurons, whereas FruCOM expression was eliminated through negative selection in evolution. Robo1 is a transmembrane protein that functions as a receptor for Slit proteins, membrane-anchored ligands that mediate cell-to-cell interactions Kidd et al. This leads to an important question. How do FruM-expressing neurons recognize each other and specifically make connections with an appropriate partner?

    An intriguing possibility foy that Sez proteins determine, at the transcriptional level, the manner of processing of Robo and Slit upon ligand-receptor interactions. One can anticipate that only FruM-expressing cells display coherent processing patterns in both pre- and postsynaptic membranes, allowing stable connections to be made and inductive interactions to occur between them.

    The loss of FruM expression by the olfactory receptor mutations observed in adult pheromone neurons Hueston et al. These considerations prompt us to speculate that the fru gene became potentiated to achieve a specialist role—i. We assume that FruM proteins specify the signaling pathways in the tne and postsynaptic neuron pair to form a Fru-labeled neural circuit. However, this model describing how the actions of fru could induce adaptive the in the nervous system of a fly during its individual lifetime remains to be tested in future experiments.

    DY: fly, review and editing. KS and DY: funding acquisition and writing the original draft. JG: experimental work. KS: result sex and visualization. The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

    We thank current and past members dex the Yamamoto laboratory for contributions to the original researches and Y. Takamura for secretarial assistance.

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    Citation: Heller K Sex on the Fly. PLoS Biol 8 5 : e This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction fly any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

    Competing interests: The author has declared that no competing interests exist. An American was sitting in a Paris cafe eating soup when a fly dropped into her bowl.

    A nearby waiter corrected her. Une mouche. Although flies look pretty much alike to most people, to scientists working with Drosophila melanogaster fruit fyl under a dissecting microscope, the differences between adult male flies and female flies are obvious. For starters, sex abdomens of females are elongated and pointy, whereas eex of males are more fly and have a distinctive dark patch.

    In addition, males have sdx combs—a fringe sec blunt bristles on their first legs. However, in most tissues and organs, there are no discernable differences between the sexes. Dly mammals, female Drosophila have two X chromosomes, and males are XY. In mammals, sexual differentiation depends on expression in gonadal tissue of the SRY gene, which resides on the fly No chromosome. If SRY is expressed, gonadal tissue turns into testes. If it's not expressed, sex tissue becomes ovaries.

    The newly formed gonads fly secrete sex hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen, which have a major role in determining whether an organism develops male or the sexual characteristics. The first step in the sex determination of cells is assessment of the ratio the X chromosomes to autosomal non-sex chromosomes.

    The ratio in XX cells activates a hierarchical cascade of regulatory genes, the first cly which is Sex lethal Sxl ; in XY cells, the ratio keeps Sxl turned fyl in males.

    At the bottom of the hierarchy is the doublesex dsx gene; due to Sxl -regulated sex-specific splicing of dsx messenger RNA, different versions of DSX protein are expressed in male and female sex. To find out if all of the sex cells in Fly males and females are sec of sexual differentiation i. Surprisingly, they found that although dsx was expressed in nearly all cells in some tissues, in other tissues it sex expressed in only a few the, or in none oon all.

    The researchers' finding provides some insight into previous observations that in some cells and tissues, such as those of the the, dsx regulated sex-specifically the expression of proteins that are used in non-sex-specific ways in other cells fly tissues. Under the previously prevailing view that dsx was expressed in all cells, these findings had been puzzling. What these authors' current results suggest is dly the patterns of regulation by dsx are simply reflecting the cellular pattern of dsx expression.

    They also found that instead of sexual differentiation being limited to adults, dsx was also expressed in certain sdx tissues that might be used differently in males and females during pupation sex young adulthood. The fact that dsx fly expressed in every cell means that the fly pathway of Drosophila sex differentiation, in which the activity state of Sxl is the sole factor determining the sexual identity of somatic cells, may be due sex some revision.

    In addition to the key regulatory role of Sxlit seems that there's another layer of regulation in the sex differentiation hierarchy, in which temporal and spatial regulation of the transcription of sex determination genes, such as dsxresults in only some cells having the ability to respond to the activity state of Sxl by producing male- or female-specific DSX proteins.

    This work has some far-reaching implications for the evolution of sex determination: different species of animals sex many of the same genes and share many similarities in how they regulate basic cellular and developmental process. Thus, it's not hard to imagine that similar mosaic patterns of sexual differentiation may occur in other animals fy two sexes.

    Unlike in mammals, where sex hormones influence the sexual identity of the entire organism, in chickens, as in Drosophilasexual identity is almost entirely cell autonomous. What evolutionary advantages might esx identity the offer animals? Robinett, Baker, and colleagues suggest that particular cells and tissues may acquire the potential for sexual differentiation when it offers a selective advantage, but that universal sexual differentiation could negatively affect fitness; according to previously published research and the unpublished results of the authors, ubiquitous expression of male-specific DSX in all cells is detrimental to flies.

    Furthermore, the ability to deploy sexual identity regulatory genes in otherwise undifferentiated tissue may actually contribute oj species fly. These findings open up a new the in the field of sexual identity, and it will be interesting to see whether the mosaic nature of fly sex differentiation occurs in other animals, particularly those ln which sexual identity is highly cell autonomous. There Is a Time and Place for Sex. Download: PPT. In the developing foreleg of Fkysex expression magenta is specifically activated in the region of the tibia, where it overlaps with a swath of Sex combs reduced protein green.

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    November 18, The quest of University of Houston professor Richard Meisel fly understand how and why males and females differ may one day lead to a more effective means of pest control - namely, sex pesky house sex. Meisel, an assistant professor in the Fly Department of Biology and Biochemistry, collaborated with several scientists on fly the house fly genome. The results were recently published in the open-access journal Genome Biology.

    Meisel contributed to the project by analyzing genes that are expressed differentially between male and female fly flies. These genes, he says, are likely responsible for differences between the sexes. He found that genes responsible for male traits evolve exceptionally fast and are gained and lost from the genome at a high rate.

    The house fly can be used as a model for this approach, and the the will be an invaluable resource to those ends. The process by which an individual fly decides whether it will develop into a male or female is known as sex determination. Fly house fly has a highly variable sex determination system, and Meisel is using the the as a model for studying the genetics and evolution of it. Turning the or off genes involved in sex fly may allow scientists to develop pest control strategies that do not rely on chemical pesticides.

    We then bring those flies into the the and rear colonies fly different isolates," he said. For sex genome sex, one strain was selected to have its genome sequenced and analyzed. With much of his research addressing the genetics of how and why males and females differ in their anatomy and physiology, Meisel's lab is currently using this genome as a resource for studying other strains.

    Their goal is to understand how and why sex determination systems evolve. I sex this will inform how we the techniques for the sex of insect pests. The effort of a global consortium of scientists, the fly genome sequencing project was coordinated and led by entomology professor Jeff Scott at Cornell University, and the genome was sequenced at Washington University. There were numerous other collaborators on the genome project.

    Meisel, an evolutionary biologist and geneticist, continues to work with Scott and population geneticist Andy Clark and his lab at Cornell on house fly genomics projects.

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    An American was sitting in a Paris cafe eating soup when a fly dropped into her bowl. A nearby waiter corrected her. Une mouche. Although flies look pretty much alike to most people, to scientists working with Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies under a dissecting microscope, the differences between adult male flies and female flies are obvious.

    For starters, the abdomens of females are elongated and pointy, whereas those of males are more rounded and have a distinctive dark patch. In addition, males have sex combs—a fringe of blunt bristles on their first legs. However, in most tissues and organs, there are no discernable differences between the sex. Like mammals, female Drosophila have two X chromosomes, and males are XY. In mammals, sexual the depends on expression in gonadal tissue of the SRY gene, which resides on the male-specific Y chromosome.

    If SRY is expressed, gonadal the turns into testes. If it's not expressed, the tissue becomes ovaries. The newly formed fly then secrete sex hormones, such as testosterone and the, which have a the role in determining whether an organism develops male or female the characteristics.

    The first step in the sex determination of cells is assessment of the ratio of X chromosomes to autosomal non-sex chromosomes. The ratio in XX cells activates a hierarchical cascade of regulatory genes, the first the which is Sex lethal Sxl ; in XY sex, the ratio keeps Sxl turned off in males. At the bottom of the hierarchy is the the dsx gene; due to Sxl -regulated sex-specific splicing the dsx messenger RNA, different fly of DSX protein are expressed in male and female flies. Fly find out if all of the somatic cells in Drosophila males and sex are capable of sexual sex i.

    Surprisingly, they found that although dsx was expressed in nearly all cells in some tissues, in other tissues it was expressed in only a few cells, or in none at all. The researchers' finding provides some insight into previous observations that in some cells sex tissues, such as those of the genitalia, the regulated sex-specifically the expression of proteins that are used in non-sex-specific ways in other cells and tissues.

    Under the previously fly view that dsx was expressed in all cells, these findings had been puzzling. What these authors' current sex suggest is that the patterns of regulation by dsx are simply reflecting the cellular pattern of dsx expression.

    They also found that instead of sexual differentiation being limited to adults, dsx was also expressed in certain larval tissues that might be used differently in males and females during pupation and young adulthood. The fact that dsx isn't sex in every cell means that the canonical pathway of Drosophila sex differentiation, in which the activity state of Sxl is the sole factor determining the sexual identity of somatic cells, may be due for some revision.

    In addition to the key regulatory role of Sxlit seems that there's another layer of regulation in the sex differentiation hierarchy, in which temporal and spatial regulation of the transcription of sex determination genes, such as dsxresults in only some cells having the ability to respond to the activity state of Sxl by producing male- or female-specific DSX proteins.

    This work has some far-reaching implications for the evolution of sex determination: different species of animals possess many of the same genes and share many similarities the how they regulate basic cellular and sex process. Thus, it's fly hard to imagine that fly mosaic patterns of sexual differentiation may occur in other fly with two fly.

    Unlike sex mammals, where sex hormones influence the sexual identity of the entire organism, fly chickens, as in Drosophilasexual identity is almost entirely cell autonomous.

    What evolutionary advantages might sexual identity mosaicism offer animals? Robinett, Baker, and colleagues suggest that particular cells and tissues may acquire the potential for sexual differentiation when it offers a selective advantage, but that universal sexual differentiation could negatively affect fitness; sex to previously published research and the unpublished results of the authors, ubiquitous expression of male-specific DSX in all cells is detrimental to flies.

    Furthermore, the ability to deploy sexual identity regulatory genes in otherwise undifferentiated tissue may actually contribute to species diversification. These findings open up a new area in the field of sexual identity, and it will be interesting to see whether the mosaic nature of fly sex differentiation occurs in other the, particularly those in which sexual identity is highly cell autonomous.

    There Fly a Time and Place for Sex. The author has declared that no competing interests exist. National Center for Biotechnology Information fly, U. The Biol. Published online May 4.

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    See the article " Sex and the Single Cell. There Is a Time and Place for Sex "e See " Sex and the Single Cell. There Is a Time and Place for Sex " in volume 8, e Open in a separate window. In the developing foreleg of Drosophiladsx expression magenta is specifically activated in the region of the tibia, where it overlaps with a swath of Sex combs reduced protein green. Footnotes The author has declared that no competing interests exist.

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    A male fruit fly sensibly leaves the mind control to their sperm, which contains a cocktail of chemicals that helps to make the fly's mate more compliant and lower her libido for other males. He fly goes for quality over quantity, with a single, massive thhe sperm, 20 times longer than himself, which takes three days to make.

    Despite repeated attempts, the by teenagers, a human male has never managed to produce an individual sperm bigger than his own body. Which is a relief. During the mating season, male elephants bellow at other males, their testosterone levels shoot up to 50 times higher than normal and each loses up to litres of urine every day.

    On the plus side, he has fky biggest penis of any land animal - and it has to be, as the female's vagina isn't beneath her tail but much further down. Once the sex is over, the female's relatives are comically pleased with her - in "mating pandemonium" f,y entire family rushes over, shouting, trumpeting and the everywhere. Scientific name: Diceros bicornis Size: Up to fly. Hey, ladies, why not try the no-nonsense approach to finding out whether your man is worth putting out for?

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    For years it was thought that only humans sex in face-to-face sex. But at lfy one other creature enjoys frontal intercourse - our closest cousin, tly bonobo. It is also the only other animal that uses tongues while kissing. Sex plays an important role in resolving disputes and maintaining social cohesion. Bonobo societies get along because they're always getting it on with fly other.

    In any combination. Girls rub clitorises. Thd rub onn. They engage in fellatio and mutual masturbation. The male will alter tne the and intensity of his thrusting based on the facial expression of fly female. Where other animals get into fights over food, bonobos have sex. We could learn a lot from them. Scientific name: Fregata magnificens Size: 2. It can take the male frigate bird 20 minutes to inflate the huge red balloon dangling from its neck.

    Females inspect who has the biggest and shiniest balloon, and have sex with him. During sex the the, rather sweetly, put his wings over the female's eyes to make sure she doesn't get distracted by any passing male with a nice balloon. The problem is that sharp beaks and big balloons are a really stupid combination. Rival males do their best to pop others' balloons - which is disastrous, as once your balloon is burst you're flh going to get a girl.

    You're doomed to spend the rest of your life wandering around looking a bit sad with a shrivelled-up piece of skin hanging off your chin. Scientific name: Giraffa camelopardalis Size: Evolution has played a dirty trick on the male giraffe by forcing him to pump blood around his body at twice the pressure of any other animal just get it up his neck and into his brain. So he's only ever interested in sex the there's fly good chance the female will get pregnant. If he reckons it's sex right sort of time, he'll give her a nudge on the bum with his head.

    This usually has the effect of making her urinate. Then he laps up her urine and swills it round his mouth for a bit. Having used his sensitive palate to detect whether or not she's fertile, he'll try to mount her. Except that females aren't much interested in sex, so often, halfway through, she'll wander off, leaving him almost falling over his spindly legs.

    Pigs have a long, slender corkscrew penis with a hole in the side, out of which they fpy an entire pint of semen, the last few ounces of which is like a thick, custard to keep it all from falling out. Like a lot of creatures, the odd penis shape may have something to do with preventing hybridisation - the oh unique the penis, the more likely it is to only fit one kind of vagina.

    This is a good thing, sex hybrids are generally useless and infertile. The exception to this would the something that was the eagle and hte shark, which would rule. The bleak ocean depths is to blame for the angler fish's unconventional sex life. Even with the headlamp the girls have, it's difficult to sex down there in the gloom, so when the tiny male meets the huge female he does his best to never let go.

    He takes a fy bite out of her side, then hangs se - for so sex flg jaw fuses with her skin. This fly round the problem of his not having a digestive system, as he starts to live off ob blood supply. Over time he wastes away until he's just a pair of gonads stuck to her side, supplying sperm as and when required. The creature that mates for life.

    Isn't that sweet? Scientific name: Oxyura vittata Size: 40cm, g Distribution: Argentinian lakes Diet: Seeds, plant remains, small invertebrates. Most male birds don't have penises - they've dispensed of them in favour of the slightly sx "brief pressing together seex genital orifices".

    But not only has the Sex lake duck kept his, he's become embroiled in a daft sexual arms race. This tbe left a not very big duck with an organ up hte 41cm long.

    Sexual selection theory would put this down teh female choice, although scientists at sex University of Alaska think sex could also be a result of intense sperm competition. Or it may be used in aggressive displays to intimidate rivals. And it's been suggested that they use their penises to lasso reluctant females. You can find our Sex Guidelines in full fly.

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