Ovoviviparous mayfly video

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by silvercreek, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. silvercreek Active Member

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    I did not know this existed. This should be posted in the entomology section but it is just too amazing to miss.

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  2. plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    That's pretty awesome!
  3. Ron McNeal Turtles or universes? I can't decide....

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    57 seconds seems like a pretty short "incubation" period. It really is an amazing video.
  4. Taxon Moderator

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    Hi silvercreek-

    Yes, the first tine I saw the video was via a link posted on January 12. Its source was listed as Dr. David Funk, so emailed him with the following question:
    And, he responded as follows:
  5. Taxon Moderator

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    Hi Ron,

    Well, that's because the "incubation" period is more like several weeks. Two genera of N. American mayflies, Callibaetis and Cloeon retain their fertilized/developing eggs in their abdomen for approximately that period of time.
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  6. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    That is wild, thanks Taxon.
  7. silvercreek Active Member

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    I wonder if the male of these species dies after mating. No reason for them to live another 18 days.
  8. Preston Active Member

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    All male mayflies die quite soon after mating; after all, they have nothing more to offer.
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  9. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    That is cool, thanks for sharing.
  10. Taxon Moderator

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    This thread seems to have run its course on the Fly Fishing Forum, so has been moved to the Flyfishing Entomology, where it will be easier to find.
  11. Eric Denny It's summer time I'm fishing!!

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    this is amazing