Not only do the slugs inject sperm into each other, they also stab each other in the head for several minutes after penetrating each other with their penile bulbs; they remain stabbed and pumping prostate fluid into each other's circulatory systems for the majority of their 40-minute mating period, researchers report on Nov.
12, 2013, in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
1 is a small sea slug found off the northeast coast of Australia.
A simultaneous hermaphrodite, the slug has both male and female reproductive organs that it uses simultaneously during sex (shown here).
These tissues, in particular the sheath and DTC, are intimately associated with the germ line and have a critical role in its development, organization, and function in the adult (Kimble and White, 1981; Mc Carter et al., 1997; Hall et al., 1999).
All cells of the somatic gonad derive from two founder cells Z1 and Z4 that are present in the L1 gonad primordium (Somatic FIG 1).
This is not an indication of a security issue such as a virus or attack.The distribution of self-fertilization rates among animals is similar to that of plants, suggesting that similar processes are operating to direct the evolution of selfing in animals and plants.which derives from Hermaphroditus (Ἑρμαφρόδιτος), the son of Hermes and Aphrodite in Greek mythology.Metaphysical poets John Donne and Edmund Spencer celebrated the hermaphrodite as a concept of love – a union of two souls within one body.Painter, Forrest Bess was inspired by the hermaphrodite and developed a philosophy linked to alchemy and the rituals of the Australian aborigines.
Artists in this exhibition were asked to directly or metaphorically respond to the idea of a hermaphrodite through their practice.