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Nasty, Brutish, and Short: The Quirks and Quarks Guide to Animal Sex and Other Weird Behaviour

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Publisher Comments:

Birds do it, and bees do it, so do all animals, some of them in weird and wonderful ways. Quirks & Quarks' latest book explores the more bizarre behaviours of more than 100 creatures, from barnacles to Panda bears.

The tiny spider that has to tear off one of its two huge sex organs just to be able to get around; the sea slug that produces a powerful love drug and mates with both males and females; the bedbug that stabs its penis into the female's abdomen — the range of animal sexual practices is mind-boggling. And it's not only reproduction that has them doing very strange things. There's a beetle that shoots a stream of boiling hot, toxic liquid when it's threatened; a lizard that can run on water; a shrimp that explodes its prey.

Quirks & Quarks' latest guide is much more than a catalogue of peculiar practices, it's an engrossing look at the astonishing behaviours different animals have evolved in order to survive and reproduce.

With an introduction by Bob McDonald, host of Quirks & Quarks.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

Mating, doing it, coitus, procreating, making whoopee, copulating, I riding a disco stick: whatever you want to call it, the sex act is universal. All creatures do it, or want to, but just how they do it is wondrously diverse and includes some bizarre and several downright alarming methods. From the sea slug that produces a powerful love drug and mates with both males and females to the tiny spider that has to tear off one of its two huge sex organs just to be able to reach its paramour, the range of sexual practices is mind-boggling. Just as weird is the way some animals court then mates and rear their young (or don't).

About the Author

For nine seasons biologist PAT SENSON was a producer with CBC Radio's national science program, Quirks & Quarks, where his documentary work received numerous awards and accolades. He can still be heard every week on CBC Radio across the country as he supplies science stories to the local afternoon shows through CBC's syndication service. Pat currently lives in Toronto with his partner and their two slightly addled cats.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Battle of the Sexes

THE INSECTS

Insect Arms Race

Weevil Penises

The Power of One

Bedbug Penis Tasting

Fishing Spider Sex

Redback Spider Sex

Some Crickets Like it Rough

THE OTHERS

Genitalia Most Fowl

Cannibal Fish

Infertile Monkeys

Meerkat Infanticide

Hyena Hormones

Speedy Sperm

2. Impressing the Other Sex

BIRDS DO IT

Zebra Finch IQ

Bowerbird Bullies

Bowerbirds Come on Strong

Godwit Vacations

Auklets and Aphrodisiacs

The Sound of Two Wings Clapping

BEES (AND OTHER INSECTS) DO IT

Hot Insect Sex

Quiet Crickets

Sniffing for Sexual Satisfaction

Weta Walking

Cricket Coupling

Brotherly Love Among Crayfish

Bisexual Beetles

Cockroach Wars

Water from Weevils’ Sperm

Lying Flies

EVEN ANIMALS, LAND AND SEA, DO IT

Primate Copulation Call

Salacious Simians

Bat Brains and Balls

Amorous Antelope Antics

Sea Slug Orgy

The Barnacle’s Penis

Penis Preference in Mosquitofish

Amazon Mollies

Dolphin Bling

Cichlid Dominance

3. Parenting Skills

RAISING THE CHICKS

Cowbirds’ Bad Influence

There Goes the Neighbourhood

Birds that Time-share

Two-Mom Albatross Families

BRINGING UP A BROOD

Self-Roasting Rodents

Father’s Nose Best

Pregnancy and Monkey Dads

Stinking Baby Bugs

Cannibal Tadpoles

4. Lunch, Anyone?

FINDING FOOD

Owl Dung Nests

Snails and their Slime

How a Bat Holds its Licker

Its Bite is Worse than its Bite

Whales Lunge for Lunch

Killer Whale Sonar

Sea Lion Diving

Dolphin Herders

Guano-Eating Salamanders

The Hummingbird’s Stopwatch

HOW TO AVOID BECOMING A MEAL

Wolverine Frogs

Bombardier Beetles

Toadfish Pee

Squirrels Eating Snake Skin

Ultrasonic Gophers

Crafty Chameleon Camouflage

5. Parsing Parasite Peculiarities

Blister Beetle Deception

Ants Look Berry Nice

Crustacean Kids, Parasitic Parents

Woolly Caterpillar Medicine

6. Higher, Faster, Stronger

The Fastest Jaw in the South

Preying Mantis Shrimp

The Mantis Shrimp’s Super-Sight

Mandible Mayhem

How the Bow Bug Shoots Itself

Catapulting Caterpillar Feces

7. Even More Weird Behaviour

Washing with Urine

Spider Venom Side Effect

Termite Head-Bangers

Army Ants Lie Down on the Job

Loony Tunes

Electric Fish

Chimp Plans for Pitching

Crocodiles Go Home

Alligator Air Bags

Bird Doping

Scuba Bug

Head-Under-Heels

Bees’ Knees

Clownfish Sex

Worm Hibernation

Four-Eyed Fish

Cold, Dry Bugs

Tonguefish at the Vents

8. The Games Researchers Play

Spitting Cobras

Worm Grunting

Flatulent Fish

Fearless Iguanas

Running on Water

Wasp Faces: Friend or Foe

Fruit Fly Fight Club

Tadpole Bail Out

Flying Ants

Product Details

ISBN:
9780771079696
Subtitle:
The Quirks and Quarks Guide to Animal Sex and Other Weird Behaviour
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart
Author:
Senson, Pat
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100413
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
274

Related Subjects

Reference » Science Reference » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Zoology » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Zoology

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"Synopsis" by , Mating, doing it, coitus, procreating, making whoopee, copulating, I riding a disco stick: whatever you want to call it, the sex act is universal. All creatures do it, or want to, but just how they do it is wondrously diverse and includes some bizarre and several downright alarming methods. From the sea slug that produces a powerful love drug and mates with both males and females to the tiny spider that has to tear off one of its two huge sex organs just to be able to reach its paramour, the range of sexual practices is mind-boggling. Just as weird is the way some animals court then mates and rear their young (or don't).
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