Protogynous Hermaphroditism in Coris julis L.

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Coris julis L. and C. giofredi Risso have long been regarded as separate species, although Steindachner1 claimed julis to be the male and giofredi the female individuals of the same species. In the Bay of Naples Lobianco2 found mature male and female individuals both in C. julis and in C. giofredi and therefore rejected Steindachner's hypothesis of sexual dimorphism in Coris.

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    Steindachner, F., Sitz. K. Akad. Wiss. Wien, 57, 701 (1868).

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    Lobianco, S., Mitth. Zool. Stat. Neapel, 19, 513 (1909).

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    D'Ancona, U., Experientia, 5, 381 (1949).

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    Bacci, G., Pubbl. Staz. Zool. Napoli, 26, 110 (1955).

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BACCI, G., RAZZAUTI, A. Protogynous Hermaphroditism in Coris julis L.. Nature 181, 432–433 (1958) doi:10.1038/181432b0

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