True Hermaphroditism: First Evidence of an Ovotestis in a Cetacean Species

S. Murphy*, R. Deaville, R. J. Monies, N. Davison, P. D. Jepson

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Abstract

An immature unilateral hermaphrodite common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) was found stranded on the southwest coast of the UK. The external phenotype was that of a female, but internally there was one ovotestis, containing both ovarian follicles and testicular tubular elements, and a contralateral ovary. Ovarian portions of the ovotestis appeared normal and demonstrated follicular development, whereas the testicular tissue exhibited hypoplasia and degeneration. This is the first reported case of an ovotestis in a cetacean species. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Comparative Pathology
Volume144
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • common dolphin
  • Delphinus delphis
  • ovotestis
  • true hermaphroditism
  • DELPHINUS-DELPHIS
  • COMMON DOLPHIN
  • WHALE
  • MOLE

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