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(English) The condition where both ovarine and testicular tissue are present in one individual, though both gametes are not necessarily produced at the same time. Functional hermaphrodism in fishes is known in some Cyprinodontidae, Sparidae and Serranidae. Hermaphrodism may be synchronous (both tissues present at the same time), protogyndrous (only one tissue, ovarine, initially, the only testicular), or protandrous (only one tissue, testicular, initially, the only ovarine). (See also: synchronous hermaphrodite, protandrous, hermaphroditic)

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