Temperature of egg incubation determines sex in Alligator mississippiensis

@article{Ferguson1982TemperatureOE,
  title={Temperature of egg incubation determines sex in Alligator mississippiensis},
  author={M. Ferguson and T. Joanen},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1982},
  volume={296},
  pages={850-853}
}
  • M. Ferguson, T. Joanen
  • Published 1982
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The factors controlling sexual differentiation in crocodilians are unknown, but heteromorphic sex chromosomes are absent from all species1. Nichols and Chabreck2 speculated that the sex of Alligator mississippiensis was not rigidly determined at the time of hatching but could be influenced by the post-hatching environment. They presented little evidence to support their hypothesis3 (no histological sections of hatchling gonads, no indication of the sex ratio at hatching), and their study failed… CONTINUE READING
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