Saturday, February 7, 2015

14 Days of Genitals, Day 7: Dick head fish


Phallostethus cuulong A) male; B) female. From Shibukawa et al. 2012. 
A relatively new species of fish was discovered a few summers ago called Phallostethus cuulong, a type of priapium fish from the Vietnamese Mekong. Priapium is a fun new word we just learned and is one that puts the dick in "dickhead" quite literally.

That's not a beard, it's my asshole!



The priapium is a muscular organ under the throat in P. cuulong that includes an anal opening for a party in the front and the urogential opening for business in the back. The male priapium is especially weird (that's right - it gets weirder than DICK CHIN) because it also includes a nice bony rod and horror-movie-style hook, which the males use to hold/clasp onto the females while mating.

Or in less fancy words = my dick is on my face

Females of these species must have really loved giving head over evolutionary time because their sex parts are also on their face. No more need to go down when "going down." The females get effed in their throat vagina (whole new meaning to vagina dentata!), which fertilizes their eggs, which they then "vomit" out of their throat va-jay-jay to hatch another day. Isn't life just beautiful??


Works Cited

Shibukawa, K. O. I. C. H. I., Tran, D. D., & Tran, L. X. (2012). Phallostethus cuulong, a new species of priapiumfish (Actinopterygii: Atheriniformes: Phallostethidae) from the Vietnamese Mekong. Zootaxa3363, 45-51.

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