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Sexing blennies using genital papilla morphology or ano-genital distance

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Information on the genital morphology of male and female Lipophrys pholis is provided, as well as for two other sympatric blenniid species, Coryphoblennius galerita and Lipophrys trigloides. The use of non-invasive sex determination procedures described may be extremely useful not only for ecological studies but also as a proxy for the detection of environmental exposure to endocrine disruptive chemicals, given that blennies have been proposed as potential sentinel species for chemical contamination.
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Keywords: Blenniidae; Coryphoblennius galerita; Lipophrys pholis; Lipophrys trigloides; breeding season

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: CIIMAR, Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Rua dos Bragas, 289, 4050-124 Porto, Portugal

Publication date: 2010-10-01

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