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Old 05-20-2016, 11:24 AM   #2652281  /  #129
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10. Fossas have an unusual mating system. A receptive female occupies a site high in a tree, below which males will congregate and compete for mating rights. She may choose to mate with several of her suitors over the next week, and bouts of copulation may last for several hours. This lengthy mating is partly due to the backwards-pointing spines on the male’s penis, which results in a copulatory tie that is difficult to break. Once the first female has left, a new female will take over the mating site. The same trees are frequently used year after year. This mating system, in which a female monopolizes a site and chooses her mates, seems to be unique among carnivores.
I remember watching this on PBS once, it looked painful to me.

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