Friday 13 September 2013

8 Amazing Gynandromorph Animals

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A gynandromorph is an organism that contains both male and female characteristics. The term gynandromorph, from Greek 'gyne' female and 'andro' male, is mainly used in the field of Lepidopterology (butterfly/moth study) or entomology (all insects).

These characteristics can be seen in butterflies, where both male and female characteristics can be seen physically because of sexual dimorphism. Cases of gynandromorphism have also been reported in crustaceans, especially lobsters, sometimes crabs and even in birds.

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