[Breaking News]: Octopuses get erections

tonmo

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Well, the headline from Nature.com says it all. This actually has some remarkable implications. Please folks, let's keep the discussion clean and focused for this one, thanks! :mrgreen:

Octopuses get erections

According to the article, "Octopuses are the first soft-bodied animal found to have erectile tissue." Steve, I'd be interested in learning how this might relate to other cephs (e.g., squid), if at all.
 

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Now you've done it! All the octopuses in the world are going to get spam selling Viagra tomorrow! :roflmao:

Melissa
 

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Melissa said:
Now you've done it! All the octopuses in the world are going to get spam selling Viagra tomorrow! :roflmao:
"Turn that Enteroctopus into an Enterectopus."

:heee:
 

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The idea of the Octo's ligula scrubbing out the sperm of rivals doesn't seem so farfetched. Isn't it true that in Cuttles, the males use jets of water before mating with a previously-inseminated female for the same purpose? (Steve-O', please correct me if I'm wrong about this.)

Curious (but not yellow),
Tani
 

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Wow...that is pretty cool!!! Gives a whole new lease on viagra lol. And the Canadian government does not want to protect our ceph's. Unbeleivable. They will protect all other creatures. They have the nerve to say that these beautiful creatures have no bones. I think they misjudged...greatly!!! :x :twisted: Sorry for the sarcasm but what the heck can i do.
 

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Borrowed this from Tony, who borrowed it from Carol...
Apologies to Ink and, well, the general public. It's the formalin fumes.

;)

 

nanoteuthis

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Am I the only person here who actually made a serious comment on this subject?

Apparently this is so out-of-character for the usually warped Tanster that no one has even bothered to acknowledge it.

So, just for the record: Yes, I am the only person here who actually made a serious comment on this subject. [See above]

Believe it or not.

:grad:

Swelling with pride,
Tani
(Dang, I just couldn't resist :mrgreen: )
 

Fujisawas Sake

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supernick said:
whata you people in, 5th :grad: grade? all acting so ecxited 'bout this :x :x
Kat,

Actually, this is exciting in a way, jokes aside. I swear these animals get more and more interesting with each new property we discover about them. First we see Octopuses using neurotransmitters thought to occur ONLY in vertebrates... then we see that they sleep, perchance to dream... Now a vertebrate style adaptation to facilitate mating? Convergent evolution at its finest?

An instruictor of mine once told me that the ceph was the molluscan attempt at creating fishlike forms (Squids) and tetrapod-style superpredators (Octos). If that is the case here, then we may have yet to discover new behaviors and properties that relate our landlocked tetrapod selves to these beasts. That would rock. :band:

Well, night y'all!

Sushi and Sake (the good unfiltered Nigori kind)

John
 

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