"Finally, the truth about barnacle sex is revealed"

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Oh, and in case you were wondering: "Genetic analysis shows that the sessile crustaceans can broadcast sperm in water." (Science News)

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  1. “Genetic analysis shows that the sessile crustaceans can broadcast sperm in water.”

    I have the weirdest boner right now.

  2. I thought this was already known. Isn’t Sacculina (which I’ve been reading about again because, honestly, it fascinates the hell out of me) a variety of barnacle?

  3. Well, broadcasting (or to be more technically correct “dudecasting”) does have advantages over point-to-point transmission.  For one thing the source can’t be overloaded by demands from the receivers.

  4. Why is it that organisms evolved out of the need to be surronded by water and can live and move about on land yet sperm remain so primitive?  Why is it that sperm haven’t evolved legs and lungs so they can cruise the boulevards in search of ripe ova?

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