Only one in four of the hundreds of eggs glued to the male marine whelk’s back belong to him.
The surprising new finding by researchers at the University of California, Davis, puts Solenosteira macrospira in a small club of reproductive outliers characterized by male-only child care.
Throw in extensive promiscuity and sibling cannibalism, and the species has one of the most extreme life histories in the animal kingdom.
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