Sex Allocation in Lythrypnus (Gobiidae): Variations on a Hermaphroditic Theme

  title={Sex Allocation in Lythrypnus (Gobiidae): Variations on a Hermaphroditic Theme},
  author={Colette M. St. Mary},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
The gonadal sexual patterns of three Atlantic/Caribbean Lythrypnus (L. nesiotes, L. phorellus, L. spilus) are described, based on histological examination, and compared with previously described sexual patterns of L. dalli and L. zebra, from the eastern Pacific. Overall, there was striking similarity in the sexual patterns of all the species; each exhibited simultaneous hermaphroditism with a high degree of variability in allocation to male tissue among individuals. Among the five species whose… CONTINUE READING


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