If you thought love is the beginning of life, then you’ve got to read this! Not every love story is a lovey-dovey affair, just like a dark fishing spider’s life, whose love comes with a price. Read to know why a dark fishing spider has the most terrifying mating ever.
Dark fishing spider is a monogynous species, which means they mate only once in their lifetime. Death is obligatory consequence for a male dark fishing spider. When they copulate, they taste death. For them, love is a one shot deal.
A female fishing spider grows up to 3 inches (7,5 cm) and is usually 14 times heavier than a male who span just an inch (2,5 cm). The reason behind the male’s death is due to his unusual physiology and strange anatomy. With the commencement of their mating game, a male inflates the hematodochal bulb inside the pedipalp, through which he gives away sperms in the female. They are unlike the other species that deflate the bulb after mating. This inflation results in sudden rise in his blood pressure.
As soon as he transfers, he curls up and becomes unresponsive. During their copulation, the male spider will probably lose his genitalia, which often get broken off inside the female. This creates a plug which prevents the female from mating again. The blood continues to pump for the next three hours, leaving zero possibility of his survival.
So what happens after he dies?
This depressing love story does not end here, as you can see from the picture of this female dark fishing spider cannibalizes her mate, which means eating one’s own species. The male willingly sacrifices his life to ensure a healthy life of his offspring. Eating her mate would possibly give birth to more offspring and their chance of survival becomes better. So, now you know why mating for a dark fishing spider is the beginning of the end!
Watch the most horrifying mating game ever!