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Webcam: Sex Change Exhibit

Did You Say "Sex Change"?

Yes! This exhibit got its name because of the interesting natural behavior of its resident fishes.

Anthias and most wrasses are protogynous hermaphrodites. This means they are born female but if a dominant male perishes, the largest female of the group will often change into a male to take its place. On the other hand, clown anemonefish are protandrous hermaphrodites. This means that they mature as males and the largest one will change into a female when the resident female dies.

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