Male antechinuses die after an exhausting annual two-week mating period.
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Two marsupial species whose males die after marathon sex sessions have been put on Australia's endangered list, with scientists warning Tuesday they are racing against the clock to save them. The tiny black-tailed dusky antechinus and silver-headed antechinus – discovered in 2013 and found in wetter, higher-altitude regions of Queensland state – are known for suicidal mating habits that include up to 14-hour sex sessions.Only three areas – two for the silver-headed and one for the black-tailed – in Queensland have so far been identified as home to the species, with population sizes estimated to be fewer than 250 for males and females.Baker, who discovered both species, believes that just a few decades ago, the population was 10 times bigger.
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