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Hermaphroditism In Starfish

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While majority of the echinoderm starfish are either male or female, certain starfish undergo a process known as sequential hermaphroditism. This means while certain starfish are born all male, certain males become female over time, as they stop producing sperm and begin producing eggs. In addition, starfish can reproduce both sexually and asexually, either by releasing sex cells into the water, by fission, or autonomy of arms, meaning starfish can essentially split into two. The starfish contains two gonads in each arm, known as ovotestis. Their purpose is to carry out the process of sexual reproduction. This type of gonad is seen in both genders of starfish, producing sperm for the males while producing eggs for the female. Starfish eggs
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