ATTENTION: the descriptions used in this chart are merely representatives of function. The names used (uterus, zygote, spermatozoa, nymph, etc.) were used due to the biological similarities to mechanisms known on terrestrial life.
A. Reproductive organs
1. The frontal opening from which the genitals of the Blandopoda get exposed in the sexual act, and from where the nymphs are born.
2. A muscular barrier between the internal and external tissues.
3. The genetic material in the reproduction of the Blandopodas is divided in two parts: the (+) zygote, who carries 1/3 of the genetic material of the offspring and stays inside its body to be fecundated; and the (++) zygote, who carries 2/3 and leaves the body to fecundate another individual. In a game of strength, the individual more capable in the sexual act penetrates the more “passive” one, transferring most of the genetic material. The zygote (+) is fecundated in the “uterus” where it becomes an egg (+++) that later transforms into a nymph.
4. The penis of the Blandopoda is the structure that transfer the zygote (++) to its mating partner. To that function, it’s a strong and mobile organ that also is responsible by moving the newborn nymphs from its uterus to outside the body.
5. Organ that produces and stores the zygote (++).
6. Tissue responsible for producing the protein serum that will be feed to the newborn nymphs.
7. Protein serum sack.
B. The Blandopodas reproduce through cross-fertilization, similar to some snails: sexual reproduction with no sexual dimorphism. The fertilized egg then becomes a nymph inside the uterus.
C. The young nymphs are placed (with the help of the penis) in the lower parts of its body to feed on a “protein rich serum” that will be the building blocks to the body of the new Blandopoda. The hair filaments in this region are to protect the nymphs from the water of the nocturnal rains.
D. The growth of the Blandopoda’s nymphs are quick: in about three days, the nymph reaches maturity becoming a miniature of an adult.
I love that the nymphs are actually kinda like parasites in a way
Pretty much like newborn mammals are
Wow, they do grow up fast.
I can imagine the penis evolving into a manipulator down the evolutionary line.