Scientists discovered a beetle with a penis shaped like a bottle opener, which they named after the beer company!

Scientists discovered a beetle with a penis shaped like a bottle opener, which they named after the beer company!

Loncovilius edwardsianus crawling in leaf litter in the Valdivian temperate rainforest in Chiloe, Los Lagos, Chile (Matías Gargiulo, via iNaturalist)

Loncovilius edwardsianus crawling in leaf litter in the Valdivian temperate rainforest in Chiloe, Los Lagos, Chile

(Mathias Gargiulo, via iNaturalist)

It's Friday night! Everything is set up as you leave for your weekend camping trip; The leaves and seeds are still warm and the beer is chilled. But then it occurs to you: I forgot the bottle opener. Well, I guess you'll just have to reach into your pants to take your beer hat off again.

If you're still reeling from the first paragraph, we implore you to keep reading. In the unexplored realms of South America, researchers have discovered six new species of beetle, including one with a unique sex organ that looks like a bottle opener. This interesting discovery led to the beetle being named Loncophilius carlsbergiiin reference to the support provided by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Although it may seem ironic, the penis holds a special place in the hearts of insect researchers, but not for the reasons you might think. As biologist Aslk Kapil Hansen explains, entomologists are always quick to examine insects' reproductive organs, since their uniqueness in terms of species helps distinguish species from each other very well.

They come in many shapes and sizes too, and each one is more unusual than the rest! From the echidna's four-headed, spiny penis to the 70-kilogram, 10-foot-long monster of a blue whale, many animals have distinct reproductive organs for navigating the reproductive tracts unique to the females of their species.

But for whatever reason, the genitals Loncophilius carlsbergiiIt resembled a bottle opener, which attracted the attention of researchers.

Drawing of the male reproductive organs of Oncophilius carlsbergi, which from side view resemble a bottle opener (José L Reyes-Hernández et al.)Drawing of the male reproductive organs of Oncophilius carlsbergi, which from side view resemble a bottle opener (José L Reyes-Hernández et al.)

Drawing of the male genitalia of Oncophilius Carlsbergi, which from side view looks like a bottle opener

(Jose L Reyes Hernandez et al.)

Despite their attractive features, Loncophilius beetles, which live exclusively in Chile and Argentina, are still shrouded in mystery. Even within their own families, which mostly dwell in the land, these sexual deviants stand out, because they make flowers their primary habitat.

While scientists are curious to know what this uniquely shaped penis could serve for, they decided to take advantage of this discovery to attract more interest in the best way possible: creating a stainless steel model of the penis. Loncophilius carlsbergii Genitals that can actually open a cold beer. They hope this engaging approach will encourage a wider audience to engage in discussions about the global species crisis.

With up to 150 species being lost every day and an estimated 85% of Earth's species still unknown, researchers stress the need for increased efforts in species identification and conservation. Unfortunately, at least three Loncovilius species face risks from habitat changes caused by climate change by 2060.

As they work to bring the bottle opener into production, researchers envision a world in which light conversation over a beer could lead to serious conversations about the fate of species on our planet.

The results of this research were published in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society It can be accessed here.

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