Ant sperm can swim faster than other sperm because it works as a team

I know you didn't know you wanted to know about ant sperm but now you know: This weird spaghetti monster is sperm produced by the desert ant Cataglyphis savignyi. According to a new study published in Biology Letters, its sperm can swim faster because it works in teams.

He releases sperm in bundles of about 50 to 90 bound together at the head with caps of sticky proteins, [...] Sperm bound together swam 51 percent faster than the few that voyaged alone. Slower sperm may not make it into the spermatheca, blowing their chance of fertilization. The researchers hypothesize that the swim team strategy may have evolved to take advantage of speed in numbers.

G-O A-N-T S-P-E-R-M! GO ANT SPERM!


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