Who’s the daddy? Female fish have novel way of finding reliable mates

Aug 17, 2016

By Nicola Davis

Female fish have a novel way of finding Mr Right when it comes to picking fathers for their offspring, scientists have revealed.

Like most other species of fish, female ocellated wrasse release their eggs into the water for fertilisation by males, making just who ends up as the daddy something of a lottery.

But now researchers have revealed that females are able to influence which males will succeed in fertilising their eggs.


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5 comments on “Who’s the daddy? Female fish have novel way of finding reliable mates

  • From the article above:

    Stiver believes the new research highlights the need to take a closer look at females when it comes to sex.

    “Rather than the default of treating females as being passive participants, we have to remember that evolution is also acting on females,” she said.

    What a naive attitude to take about any sort of female animal at all, including the human kind. It baffles me (maybe because I am one myself) and I can’t figure out how any female of any species wouldn’t be maneuvering with whatever means she has to control the paternity of her offspring. It’s what we do! Therein lies the conflict between those who accept our desire to control paternity and those who are motivated to crush that control out of us and take it over themselves. Patriarchal societies and religion being the prime culprits in our species.



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  • But now researchers have revealed that females are able to influence
    which males will succeed in fertilising their eggs.

    Don’t let Todd Akin hear this or he might think he was right all along! (See “Legitimate Rape”, way down the chart HERE.)

    /snark

    Steve



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  • @3… That’s why I like that site: it shows those (insert worst possible expletive here) for what they are. Ridicule is a powerful weapon. What’s depressing to me is not the web site itself, but that there are ostensibly intelligent people who hold those views.

    Steve



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  • intelligent people

    Right and I’m always shocked to see people with IQ’s high and mighty above my own who believe they have an invisible friend in the sky. It’s probably the same bunch that you’re talking about. Sometimes they can’t tie their own shoelaces either. So much for those sky high IQ’s.



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