Saturday, 1 August 2015

Creature 305: Neotrogla

Gender role reversal

Neotrogla is a bizarre insect in the order Psocoptera.

Members of this unusual genus live in caves and survive mostly off bat droppings. Males tend to be choosy while females aggressively seek out mates. Male reproductive organs are reduced to a small opening while female reproductive organs have been modified into a long structure known as a gynosome. During mating the female mounts the male and inserts the gynosome into his genital opening. She then absorbs seminal fluids which is rich in reproductive materials and nutrients. The nutrients are used to produce eggs which are fertilized by the reproductive materials.

Neotrogla can be found in Brazil.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Psocoptera
Family: Prionoglarididae
Genus: Neotrogla

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