Integrative and Comparative Biology

Notes from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting, San Francisco, January 3-7

By Susan Milius, 13:36 PM January 25, 2013

Pregnant male pipefish have hormone swings

The first study to track a form of testosterone through male pregnancy in fish has found an unusual roller coaster of swoops and spikes.

Among pipefishes, seahorses and sea dragons, females produce eggs but males get pregnant, carrying the embryos. Even though pregnant male Gulf pipefish (Syngnathus scovelli) reverse common sex roles, tests show males still have more of the main fish form of testosterone (called ketotestosterone) than females do, ...

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