I recently asked my ecology prof, during a lecture on the evolution of mating
systems, If there exists any animals with more than 2 sexes. I vaguely recall
reading something about it, (in a book called “what if you could
unscramble an egg.”) And one other fellow also seemed somewhat familiar
with the topic… But All we we got were alot of laughs.
Im not talking about Hermaphroditism, spontaneous sex change, or the existance
in a population of a non breeding group, (ex. worker Bees and worker ants.)
What I wanna know is, is there Genuinely a population of organism that has more
than 2 sexes, in which all sexes are involved, and each has a disntinctly
different role in reproduction.
If there is I would also like to know how this would work, and Under what
conditions would this prove to be selectively advantageous.
Ive tried looking this up on the internet with very little success, and entering
the words “Multiple sexes animals” only led me to an unwanted
awareness of the exsistance of various rather unsavory subcultures.
Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated… Thanks in advance.