Crazy In Love

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Contents - WORDS BY HAY­LEY BEN­NETT

With mul­ti­ple sexes and hun­dreds or even thou­sands of ‘mat­ing types’, here are some crea­tures that have an evo­lu­tion­ary ad­van­tage in find­ing their per­fect match

How many sexes are there? Two, right? Not if you’re a clam shrimp – then there are three, while other or­gan­isms have hun­dreds or even thou­sands of ‘mat­ing types’. Such weird mat­ing strate­gies evolve by chance, but can re­sult in bet­ter odds of find­ings a match. Here are some species that sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered that do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently…

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