This article should include a section on Epiactis prolifera - which is a species that changes sex from female to hermaphrodite at a certain age. This is a third type, which differs from male-to-female and female-to-male sequential hermaphroditism. — Preceding unsigned comment added by RenierKriek (talk • contribs) 05:56, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
- Added just a mention of Protogynous hermaphroditism, but there is more work needed here. That phenomenon is also quite common in fish, so the sources that say that Epiactis prolifera may be unique among animals are either wrong, or are using some restricted meaning. See Blackeye goby. About other material that is missing, this article: De Mitcheson, Y.S.; Liu, M. (2008). "Functional hermaphroditism in teleosts". Fish and Fisheries 9 (1): 1–43. doi:10.1111/j.1467-2979.2007.00266.x. says "Protogynous species may show monandry, in which all males are termed secondary males, and derive from functional females, or diandry, in which there are two types of males. Primary males are males at the first sexual maturation, while secondary males arise from a sex change in functional females. A similar dichotomy has been recorded in protandrous species and the corresponding terms are monogyny with secondary females only, and digyny with both primary and secondary females (Reinboth 1967a; Chan and Yeung 1983)." Sminthopsis84 (talk) 15:29, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
Needs readability overhaul
The "ultimate causes" badly needs to be rewritten for clarity. I admit this is not my field, but I'm struggling to follow it. Suggest reading it aloud. 15:44, 3 June 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk)
This article would benefit from being divided into sections (see Wikipedia:Guide to layout#Structure of the article). Let me add that I am delighted to come across an article that actually cites its sources (!); however, it could be greatly improved by using footnotes as per Wikipedia:Footnotes.
-,-~R'lyehRising~-,- 17:53, 17 December 2005 (UTC)
- You are right. Needs to be wikified. I'll see what I can do - Marshman 20:46, 19 December 2005 (UTC)