In the beginning of Disney's Finding Nemo, a father clownfish is left to care for his one remaining egg—which grows up to be Nemo—after the mother was eaten by a barracuda. If this were real life, though, Nemo wouldn't be without a mother for long. Nemo's dad would just change his sex to female. That's because clownfish, like many plants and animals, are hermaphrodites.
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Gynandromorphs: Dual-Sex Animals
Male or female? All of the above.
Key Facts In This Video
Gynandromorphs have both male and female traits. 00:32
Sex chromosomes are found in tightly coiled bundles of DNA. 01:40
Gynandromorphism is not the same as hermaphroditism. 02:44
Wait till you get to the hyenas.
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