Is this a hermaphodite Loligo?

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  1. ggraeber

    ggraeber Larval Mass Registered

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    Hello Cephalopod lovers,

    It has been years since I posted, but I teach marine science at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in South Alabama in the USA, and I have a question that came up during a student squid dissection. Are the attached pictures showing both Nidamental glands and testes in the same squid? I have dissected 1000s with students as have my colleagues and this is the first time one of us has seen this. I knew this was the place to ask! Thanks for your help!

    Sincerely,
    Greg
     

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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Do you have a close up of the "testes", I doubt that it's an hermaphrodite (but you never know!) certainly the nidamental glands are prominent, as the the oviduct. But I'd love to see a close up!

    jean
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    :welcome: back.

    I have no useful input, but as a current marine bio student I'll be following this discussion with great interest!
     
  4. ggraeber

    ggraeber Larval Mass Registered

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    The closest up view I have is the second one posted and this one which is nearly the same.
    Thanks for your help!
     

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