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Direct observations of protandrous sex change in the patellid limpet Patella vulgata

  • W.J.F. Le Quesne (a1) and S.J. Hawkins (a2) (a3)

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Direct observations of sex change were made on Patella vulgata, which has long been considered a protandrous hermaphrodite based on indirect methods. Thirty per cent of the male limpets that were marked during the spawning season in 2003 were female when they were re-examined during the spawning season in 2004. This confirms that protandry does occur within the superfamily Patellidae.

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Direct observations of protandrous sex change in the patellid limpet Patella vulgata

  • W.J.F. Le Quesne (a1) and S.J. Hawkins (a2) (a3)

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