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Writer Fuel: How Water Bears Mate

Tardigrade / Water Bear - Deposit Photos

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For the first time, scientists have figured out how tardigrades — some of the toughest creatures on the planet — mate.

These tiny, hardy critters have few obvious differences between males and females, which made it unlikely that they found mates by sight alone. It turns out, females may release a chemical cue that lures the males, researchers found.

The males strongly responded, moving toward the females in water environments. The females didn’t seem to have the same compulsion, researchers reported in the November issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology.

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