Link

NBC Story: Borneo snail love dart seems to work as a real “syringe”

In Chapter 8 of Nature’s Nether Regions, I describe the wondrous world of hermaphrodite genitalia. One whole continent of that world is the love darts that snails “fire” at one another. These appear to help the shooter to up their chances at fathering the babies of the “victim”, since the dart contains a hormone-like chemical that simulates sperm use. Now, the shapes, sizes, and uses of these darts are very variable: Joris Koene of the VU University in Amsterdam has described several types in this paper. But even to him it came as a surprise when we found that the Everettia snails of Borneo have a type that seems to resemble an actual syringe. We published this new kind of love dart on July 25th, 2013 in PLoS ONE, and a nice write-up appeared in this NBC story.

One thought on “Borneo snail love dart seems to work as a real “syringe”

  1. Pingback: How Many Teeth Does a Snail Have? | Reason & Existenz

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s