Talk:Non-reproductive sexual behavior in animals

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Would this article be considered a case of WP:SYNTH?[edit]

This article's title (and the assertion that these behaviors are "non-reproductive") appears to be a case of original synthesis. It might be necessary to merge this article back into Animal sexual behavior#Types of activity. Jarble (talk) 20:26, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

What conclusion is synthesized? These behaviors are non-reproductive (with the exception of interspecies hybrids, which should be moved) and there are sources to support that label (e.g., Balcombe). KateWishing (talk) 23:26, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
I agree with KateWishing. If one animal, or two or more animals, engage in an activity which cannot possibly result in offspring, they are non-reproductive behaviours. No synthesis is involved - it is a statement of fact. How can an animal rubbing itself with a stick, or performing mating-like behaviours with a dead body, possibly be described as reproductive! I also agree with the moving of interspecies hybrids. I guess I saw that inter-species mating does not always result in offspring so moved the whole section.__DrChrissy (talk) 00:29, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Butterfly and beetle[edit]

A recent edit has been made regarding behaviour between a butterfly and a beetle. I am wondering why this is classified as sexual behaviour. Many animals secrete pheremones that are not necessarily sexual in nature (e.g. time-stamping of presence in domestic cats). It is also possible the investigatory behaviour was simply because the smell/taste was "different".__DrChrissy (talk) 15:52, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Possibly, but I added it here because the source seems to consider it a sexual activity. It's also listed as an example of interspecies sexual behavior in Biological Exuberance. I wouldn't care much if it was removed, though. KateWishing (talk) 16:33, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
I just thought this example was so very much open to (mis)interpretation - and is really only supported by an anecdote, the photo is not convincing. It might be worth thinking about placing examples such as this under a heading "case-studies".__DrChrissy (talk) 18:38, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Refactoring styling of quotations[edit]

I noticed that this article uses really nice markeup for quotations. However, inserting the same styled blockquotes over and over again is likely to be difficult to maintain, so I've created a new {{barquote}} template that I hope both makes the job much simpler, and also makes the same styling easy to use for other articles. See this diff for the before-and-after differences. -- The Anome (talk) 10:25, 18 August 2015 (UTC)