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11 animals that mate for life

By: Bryan Nelson on Feb. 12, 2010, 11:50 a.m.

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In an ant colony, a queen mates once with the male(s), stores the gametes for life, and the male ants die shortly after mating. In contrast, several species of termites can form lifelong pair bonds between a female "queen" and a single male "king" who literally give birth to their entire kingdom.