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Hermaphroditism – A Primer on the Biology, Ecology, and Evolution of Dual Sexuality - Columbia Scholarship Online
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Hermaphroditism: A Primer on the Biology, Ecology, and Evolution of Dual Sexuality

John Avise


While it is true that members of most sexually reproducing species can be defined as either male or female, those who belong to the rest of the biological world are not so simply understood. Hermaphroditic creatures reproduce both as male and as female individuals, providing a fascinating glimpse into alternative sexual practices in nature and their ecological and evolutionary successes and failures. The book traces the phenomenon throughout Earth's myriad species, accounting for the adaptive significance of alternative sexual systems. Accessible and richly illustrated, the text maps the evolu ... More

Keywords: Hermaphroditic creatures, male reproduction, female reproduction, evolutionary origins, hermaphroditism, dual sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231153867
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153867.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Avise, author
University of California at Irvine

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