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Orleander
04-07-08, 03:48 PM
What animals mate for life?
I was talking to my daughter about swans and now she needs an entire list :rolleyes:

Only thing I could come up with are a few birds.

skaught
04-07-08, 04:08 PM
Humans... well, at least they used to...

Orleander
04-07-08, 04:15 PM
Considering I have been married before, I couldn't tell her that.

Myles
04-07-08, 04:45 PM
Pigeons. I have a pair nesting in a tree in my garden. They are at it non-stop. I assume this is a fortm of bonding

Enmos
04-07-08, 05:44 PM
Swans do.
http://bp1.blogger.com/_Hd249EnXPc0/Rfln2l4I0wI/AAAAAAAAAAM/DCsaZbg74GE/s400/CRW_5273Swan+pair+-+March+13.jpg

Heh sorry, you got that one already..

Orleander
04-07-08, 05:47 PM
LOL, yeah. Are there any mammals?

Enmos
04-07-08, 05:48 PM
Gibbon apes, wolves, termites, coyotes, barn owls, beavers, bald eagles, golden eagles, condors, swans, brolga cranes, French angel fish, sandhill cranes, pigeons, prions (a seabird), red-tailed hawks, anglerfish, ospreys, prairie voles (a rodent), and black vultures.
http://www.wonderquest.com/animal-mate-for-life.htm

Here's some info on the subject: http://www.students.emory.edu/HYBRIDVIGOR/issue1/mating.htm

shichimenshyo
04-07-08, 05:48 PM
Catholics

Orleander
04-07-08, 05:53 PM
Catholics

LOL, oh yeah. :D

Orleander
04-07-08, 05:54 PM
Gibbon apes, wolves, termites, coyotes, barn owls, beavers, bald eagles, golden eagles, condors, swans, brolga cranes, French angel fish, sandhill cranes, pigeons, prions (a seabird), red-tailed hawks, anglerfish, ospreys, prairie voles (a rodent), and black vultures.
http://www.wonderquest.com/animal-mate-for-life.htm

Here's some info on the subject: http://www.students.emory.edu/HYBRIDVIGOR/issue1/mating.htm

I guess I never considered pack animals as mating for life. If a male loses his place as Alpha, does the female automatically?

Enmos
04-07-08, 05:56 PM
Yes, I believe so.

cosmictraveler
04-07-08, 06:17 PM
Catholics

Nope, they get annulments all the time!

Syzygys
04-07-08, 06:23 PM
What animals mate for life?

Sorry hon, I am unaviable.

Otherwise the male black widow spider....

Asguard
04-07-08, 06:27 PM
Um swans DONT, they cheat at roughly the same level as other species:p

HOWEVER prey matice males only ever have one mate, she bites off his head during sex so its a bit hard so find another one.

clown fish form mated pairs but im not sure if the female dies if the male wont just become female and look for a new male

Enmos
04-07-08, 07:09 PM
Um swans DONT, they cheat at roughly the same level as other species:p

HOWEVER prey matice males only ever have one mate, she bites off his head during sex so its a bit hard so find another one.

clown fish form mated pairs but im not sure if the female dies if the male wont just become female and look for a new male

Swans form pairs for life, they may cheat but that's not really the point.

Are you sure you don't confuse the clown fish with snails ? :p

Enmos
04-07-08, 07:11 PM
Potatoes mate for life as well.

/Peeper ;)

Asguard
04-07-08, 07:12 PM
very much so. ALL clown fish are born male (ie nemo), they BECOME female (the largest one will because they are matriacal) when there isnt a female around to pair with and then will pair with another male. HOWEVER if there are only females aparently they cant change back into a male

It took me AGES to select one that i was SURE was a male to pair up with my female (she is about 4 times the size of him in length alone:p)

Enmos
04-07-08, 07:13 PM
very much so. ALL clown fish are born male (ie nemo), they BECOME female (the largest one will because they are matriacal) when there isnt a female around to pair with and then will pair with another male. HOWEVER if there are only females aparently they cant change back into a male

It took me AGES to select one that i was SURE was a male to pair up with my female (she is about 4 times the size of him in length alone:p)

Very interesting ! I didn't know that :)

Asguard
04-07-08, 07:16 PM
one problem is that they will become female regardless of if there is a male to mate with. that was my main problem, the first one became a female as soon as she was alone in the tank and then i had to find one i was SURE was a male to mate her with

Enmos
04-07-08, 07:18 PM
one problem is that they will become female regardless of if there is a male to mate with. that was my main problem, the first one became a female as soon as she was alone in the tank and then i had to find one i was SURE was a male to mate her with

LOL weird problems..

Asguard
04-07-08, 07:26 PM
Not as wierd as you would think, im not trying to breed them (although that would be AWSOME:D) but if you dont keep a breeding pair together (ie you just get two females) they are so teritorial they will fight eachother. I have enough problems with the tank that i didnt need that:p (like making sure my puffer doesnt eat the coral)

Enmos
04-07-08, 07:29 PM
lol like I said weird problems ;)
Cool hobby though :)

Asguard
04-07-08, 07:31 PM
did you see the marine fish thread in freethoughts where i posted some of my pics?
I have a whole heep of new ones i need to shrink and upload maybe over the weekened including of the puffer (he\she is apsolutly GORGIOUS with these orange and blue stripes around the eyes)

Enmos
04-07-08, 07:33 PM
did you see the marine fish thread in freethoughts where i posted some of my pics?
I have a whole heep of new ones i need to shrink and upload maybe over the weekened including of the puffer (he\she is apsolutly GORGIOUS with these orange and blue stripes around the eyes)

Could you PM me when you do ?
Need to catch some sleep now.. See ya :)

Orleander
04-08-08, 06:49 PM
Um swans DONT, they cheat at roughly the same level as other species:p...

I've never heard that. Do you have a link to that info?

iceaura
04-09-08, 12:33 AM
Lots of animals that mate for life cheat on their mates - and a percentage divorce.

That doesn't mean they don't mate for life.

There's a big difference between pair-bonding for life (fairly common among humans, even, and lots of other animals as listed and more) and lifetime monogamy (much less common among animals or humans).

King Solomon was mated for life to every one of his 300 wives or whatever he had.

Last I heard, a few years ago some researcher had verified monogamy in a single species of vole in, IIRC, the American southwest. That was the first verified monogamous mammal. There have been no verifications of monogamous birds that I know of.

pharaohmoan
04-09-08, 04:37 AM
Albatross mate for life and actually find each other again amongst thousands within a flock after being appart for 2 years.

Enmos
04-09-08, 04:38 AM
Lots of insects mate for life as well :D

redarmy11
04-09-08, 04:40 AM
Mayflies.

Enmos
04-09-08, 04:47 AM
Mayflies.

Yup lol

iceaura
04-13-08, 01:29 AM
Albatross mate for life and actually find each other again amongst thousands within a flock after being appart for 2 years. Their monogamy has never been verified, though. Neither has their frequency of divorce, AFAIK (actually, soemone's probably done that).


Lots of insects mate for life as well Not very many, as a percentage. Not each partner's life, anyway. This research required the finding of such insects, and it was no small task to round up a sufficient variety of examples: http://www.anusha.com/phallus.htm

Enmos
04-13-08, 02:57 PM
Not very many, as a percentage. Not each partner's life, anyway. This research required the finding of such insects, and it was no small task to round up a sufficient variety of examples: http://www.anusha.com/phallus.htm

I know it more of a comical remark. Interesting article though :)