Saucy for the goose, saucy for the gander, cunnilingus for fruit bats

Ed Yong reports (with relish) on a successor to the Ig Nobel Prize winning study on fruit bat fellatio:

Oral sex in fruit bats is clearly a hot area of research. In just four years, the number of papers on this topic has doubled from, er, one to two.

It started in 2009, with a study that described regular fellatio among the short-nosed fruit bat. It earned its authors an  Ignobel Prize in 2010….

Now, to balance things off, a new paper describes cunnilingus among another fruit bat species—the Indian flying fox….

marimuthuThe new study is:. “Cunnilingus Apparently Increases Duration of Copulation in the Indian Flying Fox,Pteropus giganteus,” Jayabalan Maruthupandian and Ganapathy Marimuthu [pictured here], PLoS ONE, March 27, 2013. The authors are at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India. This video documents the discovery described in the paper:

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