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Deep-Sea Squid Mate and Run 62

sciencehabit writes with a piece about deep sea squid in Science. Quoting the article: "Like actors in a scene from a bawdy farce, many squid don't know whom to woo when the lights go down. Deep in California's Monterey Bay, small squid belonging to the species Octopoteuthis deletron suffer from frequent cases of mistaken identity, a new study suggests. Males commonly try to mate with males as well as females, hinting that in the dark, these invertebrates may settle for whatever squid passes by. But their indiscriminate attention might improve the odds that they are occasionally successful."
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Deep-Sea Squid Mate and Run

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