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Is the seahorse the only animal whose male carries the offspring through gestation?

Asked by Ladymia69 (6867 points ) April 26th, 2011

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YARNLADY's avatar

Does the penguin male incubating an egg count?

DominicX's avatar

It’s seahorses, leafy sea dragons, and pipefish; members of the Syngnathidae family: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syngnathidae

Ladymia69's avatar

@DominicX OK, right…but any other species besides?

DominicX's avatar

I’m pretty sure Syngnathidae is the only group of animals that does this. I don’t think there are any other animals that have “male pregnancies”.

WestRiverrat's avatar

In some species of frogs, I believe the males carry the eggs until they hatch.

crisw's avatar

Midwife toads and some other amphibians, and quite a few species of mouthbrooding fish. Among birds, phalaropes. After gestation, marmosets and tamarins turn all baby care except nursing over to the males.

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