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Norman Bernstein
06-02-2015, 03:10 PM
Too much of a good thing? :)


Scientists in Australia have discovered a new species of an animal known for having sex to the point of suicide -- but the creature may be in danger from more than just its own libido.The antechinus is a small, mouse-like marsupial native to Australia and New Guinea.

A Monday news release from Queensland University of Technology (https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=90278) announced that scientists have discovered a new species of the little critter, the Tasman Peninsula Dusky Antechinus. The release said the species, along with two other species of antechinus found previously, is threatened by climate change and loss of habitat and scientists are trying to get the animals placed on Australia's federal threatened species list.

The antechinus is best known for the frenzied -- and suicidal -- sex habits of its males. For a period of two to three weeks, males mate with as many females as possible, sometimes having sex for 14 hours straight.

"They'll bleed internally, they have ulcers, their fur falls off in patches, sometimes they're stumbling around blind and still trying to mate," mammalogist Dr. Andrew Baker told the Australian Broadcasting Company (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-29/researchers-fear-for-newly-discovered-suicidal-sex-marsupial/6506870).

Baker explains in the news release how this manic lovemaking results in the animal's death:


Ultimately, the testosterone triggers a malfunction in the stress hormone shut-off switch; the resulting rise in stress hormones causes the males' immune systems to collapse and they all drop dead before the females give birth to a single baby.



This yearly male suicide mission, which halves each antechinus population, means the mums have enough spiders and insects to eat while they raise the next precious generation. But the future of each species is entrusted to the mothers alone.

Peerie Maa
06-02-2015, 04:10 PM
Only slightly better than spiders and mantis who eat the males.

John of Phoenix
06-02-2015, 04:11 PM
This yearly male suicide mission, which halves each antechinus population, means the mums have enough spiders and insects to eat while they raise the next precious generation.Darwin award gone right.

Ian McColgin
06-02-2015, 04:17 PM
Sounds like any number of Australian males . . .

skuthorp
06-02-2015, 04:43 PM
Once a male has passed on his genes he is redundant and a waste of resources of course…………… In our species the family/tribe was the answer as an alpha male cornered the market in females and younger males hunted and protected their siblings until the survivors repeated the behaviour.

Phil Y
06-02-2015, 05:11 PM
I was thinking this was about Australian teenage footballers who have discovered Tinder.

skuthorp
06-02-2015, 05:21 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msLG5uEOkYA

PeterSibley
06-02-2015, 05:51 PM
Wonderful little creatures, like tiny tigers !

purri
06-02-2015, 06:11 PM
They bite too! (I had a few for a while many years ago)

Phil Y
06-02-2015, 06:17 PM
Are we still talking about teenage Australian footballers?

PeterSibley
06-02-2015, 06:19 PM
They bite too! (I had a few for a while many years ago)

I remember trying to pick one up once thinking it was a mouse ! My fingers looked as if I'd run them under a sewing machine ! :D

David G
06-02-2015, 08:59 PM
Don't tempt me...

BrianW
06-02-2015, 09:02 PM
I remember trying to pick one up once thinking it was a mouse !

How does one confuse a teenage Australian footballer with a mouse?

;)

John of Phoenix
06-02-2015, 10:37 PM
I remember trying to pick one up once thinking it was a mouse ! My fingers looked as if I'd run them under a sewing machine ! :DGood grief, even mice are killers down under. Probably venomous too.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g5o9V8w3WRY/TsOqmDJ0u0I/AAAAAAAASEo/2UetvM5A_fk/s1600/ANTECHINUS+FACE+-+web.jpg

PeterSibley
06-02-2015, 10:45 PM
No, not venomous, not a mouse and very fast !

purri
06-02-2015, 10:52 PM
with pouches, really mini Tassie devils. But if you want a real mean mother, then a Quoll is just the thing!

John of Phoenix
06-03-2015, 12:23 PM
What do you bait a antechinus trap with? A live goat?

Paul Pless
06-03-2015, 12:38 PM
this is the antipodes we're talking about, may i suggest a sheep. . .

Shang
06-03-2015, 03:23 PM
Reading the title of the thread I thought it might have something about being shot clean while vaulting the neighbor's back fence.

purri
06-03-2015, 09:03 PM
I fed mine tarantulas and 8 inch long centipedes.
this is the antipodes we're talking about, may i suggest a sheep. . .

PeterSibley
06-03-2015, 09:20 PM
I feed mine cockroaches ! Yum, yum.