Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 143–150 | Cite as

Sexual pattern ofNeocirrhites armatus (Cirrhitidae) with notes on other hawkish species

  • Yvonne Sadovy
  • Terry J. Donaldson


We examined the gonads of eight species in five genera of hawkfishes. Histological preparations of ovaries and testes produced evidence for protogynous hermaphroditism inNeocirrhites armatus and suggested that hermaphroditism may also be expressed inCirrhitichthys oxycephalus, C. aprinus andC. falco, and possibly also by other species. Sexual patterns in hawkfishes are discussed in relation to environmental and ecological factors which influence mobility and length of spawning season.

Key words

Hermaphroditism Mating system Protogyny Pisces 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvonne Sadovy
    • 1
  • Terry J. Donaldson
    • 2
  1. 1.Fisheries Research LaboratoryMayaguezU.S.A.
  2. 2.Tatsuo Tanaka Memorial Biological StationAko, Miyake-jima, Izu IslandsTokyoJapan

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