Re: NANFA-- strange fish question

Dave Neely (
Tue, 12 Dec 2000 14:30:36 -0600


>Are you aware of the ? fish, where the male actually becomes part of the
>female anatomy by shrinking in size and being absorbed beneath her skin.
>There to perform only his sexual duty and get all his needs from her body.

Some species of anglerfishes do this.

For more info, see Pietch, T.W. 1976. Dimorphism, parasitism, and sex:
reproductive strategies among deepsea ceratoid anglerfishes. Copeia


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