The Dangerous Life of the Male Blanket Octopus.

Think you got it bad? The male blanket octopus is 100 times smaller than his mate. As if that's not bad enough, he dies right after having sex with her.

... the male blanket octopus is, technically speaking, "the most extreme example of sexual size-dimorphism in a non-microscopic animal ... such dimorphism is not seen in any other animal remotely as large".

Dr Norman said: "There's no other critters on that scale that have such a significant difference between the male and female."

The two-metre female weighs at least 10,000 times as much as the male, sometimes up to 40,000 times as much.


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