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Sea slug carries disposable penis, plus spares

Hermaphrodites shed organ after one use, then uncoil another

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6:35pm, February 12, 2013

A bristly hermaphroditic sea slug mates employing a use-it-then-lose-it penis, and carries one or two extras for future use, researchers have discovered.

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