Would you like to be fused to your spouse? What is the weirdest mating ritual in nature

Courtesy of Quora…

Answer by Shoumi Sarkar:

My vote goes to angler fish.
The male angler is so attracted to the female that it nibbles at her and ultimately gets fused to her.
The female uses the atrophied male as a sperm bank to produce offspring when she wants to.
The following Oatmeal comic illustrates it nicely:

(All these images are from http://theoatmeal.com/comics/angler)

Which are some of the weirdest forms of mating rituals found in nature?


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