So, I had this idea about a sapient alien specie paritally based on the reproduction of the schistosoma
A flat worm specie in which the male is notorious bigger than the female, and this have a curvated chanel in which takes the female for give her protection, this causes a constant copulation while are together, they bond themselves by the presence of a suction cup. Females can go out from this chanel and find other males, but the males compete for evite this.
Then I had the idea of an alien specie in which the female have a little size with a notorious inteligence, maybe sapient, compared with the male which would be some times bigger than the female and with less intelligence. The reproduction of this specie consist in the selection of a male by the female, the most capable and useful for her life plan The males for some time live separately from the females but when they reach sexual maturity they look for them and congregate in groups where they exhibit their abilities and the females choose them to later bond them together (In this part it will not be decided if it is a perpetual union such as monkfish or a temporary union from which the female can detach herself and look for another male, but this will depend on the following questions).
With that union the females have practically acquired a tank or living "mecha" that they control with their own mind obviously with separate functions to the mind of the male so as not to complicate things. This would give a much more capable union for both female and male who benefit from having great strength and intelligence which otherwise they would not have because during their development they could only invest energetically in one or the other.
Probably this evolved because males were aggresive since their birth and they were losing that aggressiveness as they created and despite how hostile it seemed, only other young but somewhat older males would be responsible for coupling them in their herd or perhaps the same females would ensure that they did not starve by restricting them like an animal wild; The point is that they would miss out on the intensive care that females would receive with what they would acquire the necessary knowledge to live in society.
The characteristic of growing to giants and bonding the females, it could evolve from an extreme need for protection against predators, especially against the offspring and the females themselves, the same reason why male offspring are also so aggressive, to protect themselves from driving away predators by protecting their own litter this made the males invest all their resources in strength, size and perhaps other defenses (horns, armor, fangs), further enhanced by sexual selection on the part of the females, meanwhile the females had to keep caring for the others therefore they learned to make tools over time and no longer depended so much on males, but still it was a great use to stay attached to a male who could give more use to certain tools.
I have thought about shapes, anatomies and body format for make it viable but but I'm still indecisive about certain things that I don't know how they will work, based on different earth animals, gorillas, elephants, humanoids, crabs, beetles but I could not decide.
So, my principal problems are the next (but if you see other at myinitial idea do not hesitate to let me know and make your own proposal):
- Are there other ways to do the gamete exchange without the copulation? or alternative, does a constant copulation would permit the birth?, if there are bounded together for mating, the initial thought is that they genitals are the part which start the bonding, but if are permanent blocked, It will not be possible to give birth, so until now options that I have considered is that the sperm travels through a different conduit, perhaps through a bloodstream (which I do not know if it is possible) or that the female has three different cavities, for the copulation, defecation and childbirth functions, or that the male's "fertiliator" is very thin.
- Are there ways for two organisms to "fuse" them?, I mean, enough fused for share their lymphatic and nervous system (to control the body of the other with chemical impulses), for example female monkfishes can control the sperma production of their parasite males, which bit the females for bound their body with the female, in this case the oposite. Also depending on the answer of this question, I will know if the two bodies are permanent bounded or if females cac free herself and find other male or if an only male could have more females.
- Their intelligence is not that far, females are at the human level, and males like a gorilla or even a primitve hominid, "brute" is just a simple way to call it.
- Other of my inspirations is a simplified vision of the Platonic myth of the better half, that together they are stronger than separated by, each one has something to contribute to their relationship to make it mutually complementary.
Finally, how is this possible?