Sarah Elliot, Cats Protection’s central veterinary officer, said: “Hermaphrodite – or intersex – cats do not frequently occur so Bellini is one of the more unusual cats to be found.” “This may arise through mosaicism – when a kitten’s cells divide unusually while the kitten is a growing embryo.
“Such mosaicism may result in a cat with either male or female reproductive organs and genitalia, or a pair of mixed reproductive organs and genitalia.
Should all males be harvested before turning into females at a certain size (or vice versa), a rapid decline would occur in the population.
A sequential hermaphrodite life-history strategy can be extremely detrimental if harvest of fish is allowed prior to the achievement of male or female reproductive sizes.
The scientists exposed tadpoles of the African clawed frog, a popular research organism, to atrazine at concentrations as low as 0.1 ppb.
When the tadpoles reached adulthood, Hayes found that between 16 and 20 percent had abnormal reproductive systems.
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