Lindsay Patterson

Freelancer
Environment
2:28 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Strange Self-Cloning Clam Steals Eggs From Other Clams

Photo by 自分で撮影 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taiwan-Corbicula_Tairyou.JPG

New research from the Brackenridge Field Laboratory at UT Austin is revealing the secret – and very strange – sexual practices of clams. Corbicula is an Asian freshwater clam that reproduces by cloning. They are physically hermaphroditic, meaning a clam possesses both male and female reproductive systems, but they are genetically male. A species of male hermaphroditic clones might sound bizarre, but it’s not completely unusual in the animal kingdom.

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