#Goals: These All-Female Mutant Crayfish Are Cloning Themselves

by Cassandra Stone
Image via Ragnar Schmuck/Getty Images/Twitter

An all-female species that clones itself? That shit is CRAY

If there was ever any doubt Mother Nature is a woman, listen up. A mutant species of crayfish — ahem — an ALL-FEMALE mutant species of crayfish is taking over the freshwaters of Europe. Because these bad ass bitches are reproducing like crazy.

By cloning themselves.

That’s right, this all-female reboot of the regular crayfish doesn’t need a man. According to the The New York Times, the “marble crayfish” was a species that didn’t exist 25 years ago. But somewhere along the evolutionary way, two sex cells fused and produced a female crayfish embryo that contained three copies of each chromosome instead of two. Thus a new breed of crayfish was born, and it’s fabulous, female, and without deformities!

You’re probably wondering, “Do these crayfish eat Lady Doritos and write with special pens?” Ha, we kid, we kid. A legitimate question would be “How do these ladies reproduce and how can we continue the human race without men?”

Rather than reproduce sexually, the first marbled crayfish was able to induce her own eggs to divide into embryos. The offspring was all-female and inherited identical copies of the same three chromosomes — because the offspring were actual clones.

Basically, if the marble crayfish had a soundtrack, it would undoubtedly be “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves”. Twitter seems to agree, with many people wondering how we can adapt this mutation into human reproduction, because #goals.

Nature actually did this very real thing, so please take heed, men of the world.

Pet store clause reads: “Cannot be owned by men.”

It’s the most glorious and progressive chapter in evolutionary history, tbh.

They’re reading this, Jake. And they’ll take it into consideration.

Dr. Frank Lyko, a biologist at the German Cancer Research Center who has been closely studying the marble crayfish for years, says their reproduction isn’t slowing down — but it most likely won’t become a permanent species. “Maybe they just survive for 100,000 years,” he told The New York Times. “That would be a long time for me personally, but in evolution it would just be a blip on the radar.”

Well in that case, the next step for womankind amongst other species is clear: