The hazards of mating  

rm_NaeniaSea 47F
273 posts
2/10/2006 10:16 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

The hazards of mating

As I've mentioned, I breed fish...mollies and Endler's guppies to be exact. These fish are livebearers...meaning that they get pregnant and carry babies inside just like we do. Except that they typically pop out anywhere from 20-40 fry (fish babies).

In livebearers, males have a modified anal fin that is essentially a penis, they can even move it side to side. They spend their entire day attempting to get it on with any available female. They'll maneuver next to and slightly under the female then a quick poke and it's all over. There are about 12 female mollies that keep the 2 males busy. 5 to 1 is the minimal ratio because a male molly will harass a female to the point of risking her health. She'll try to hide behind some plants, a decoration...wherever she can find, yet he will still eventually sniff her out. It's especially bad if a female has just given birth.

Female livebearers have the ability to store sperm for several months. They can have several batches of fry from a single encounter and they pretty much spend their entire lives pregnant.

Aren't you glad you aren't a molly?

So concludes my brief introduction into fish sexuality...

49AK 56M
1823 posts
2/11/2006 2:10 am

some experiences are universal, huh?

rm_corezon 54F
3376 posts
2/11/2006 2:39 am

The hazards of mating...first thing that came to MY mind was the yelping male dog I saw being drug by the female across the yard at high speed from whom he obviously had been unable to extricate himself...sounded pretty painful.

So...aren't we glad we aren't male dogs?

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