October 8, 2009 by myrmecos
they’ve got nothing on Protanilla.
Posted in Ants, Navel-Gazing, Science | Tagged genitalia, Insects | 8 Comments
Woah, and look at those femora in the forelegs! It seems the male wants to make sure he gets a good grip while at it.
He’d need to hold tight, as I can’t imagine the female wanting that thing attached to her for any longer than necessary!
That puts to shame Petersen’s Noonilla copiosa (see p. 7 of http://antbase.org/ants/publications/4250/4250.pdf). I hope to rediscover this species in Palawan late this year.
(Link didn’t work with a parenthesis appended to it.)
Noonilla still seems rather impressive, and looking at Peteresen’s illustration, I wonder if maybe it’s another, rather less “hung” species of Protanilla
PS — Not sure “navel-gazing” is quite the right designation for this.
[looks at his] 😦
Madness – I had no idea there were male ant genitals as large as that! I can only imagine what the act of mating in that species looks like P_P
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