The world’s most promiscuous snail

On the winner goes the Rough Periwinkle (Littorina saxatilis) from the North Atlantic (both sides of the pond)

On average, each clutch of 70 offspring had 19 fathers between them. Larger clutches had more…Males track females by following their mucus trails, and will attempt to mate with pretty much any snail they encounter, regardless of whether it is the correct sex or even the same species.

via Zoologger: The world’s most promiscuous… snail – life – 24 March 2010 – New Scientist.

Panova M, Boström J, Hofving T, Areskoug T, Eriksson A, et al. (2010) Extreme Female Promiscuity in a Non-Social Invertebrate Species. PLoS ONE 5(3):e9640. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009640

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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