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Male fishing spider might offer himself as snack to females to help offspring

The urge to reproduce in the animal kingdom can often be stronger than the urge to survive. Case in point – the male dark fishing spider. After the arachnid mates with his female companion, which is roughly double his size and can weigh up to 14 times more than the diminutive male, he dies and the female eats him. New research out of the the University of Nebraska-Lincoln postulates that the macabre ritual might have to do with ensuring healthy and abundant offspring.
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