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Distinguishing between males and females

Discussion in 'Animal Photography' started by michaelrichards, 24 Jul 2015.

  1. michaelrichards

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    Which species present the most problems when trying to visually distinguish between males and females, without a hands-on inspection?
     
  2. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

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    There are lots of species where it is completely impossible to distinguish between male and female without a DNA test or checking an animal's insides.
     
  3. michaelrichards

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    Can anyone provide some useful examples when the problem is particularly acute for species commonly kept by zoos?
     
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    If you want an example that may pose particular problems in zoos, a good example is turacos. As far as I know, the only turaco species that is possible to sex visually is a White-bellied Go-away Bird. I believe all other species require being sexed genetically or surgically.
     
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    rainbow lorikeets are impossible to sex on sight.
     
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    Capuchins are difficult to sex.
     
  7. Nisha

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    Giant Panda (*cough* Zoo Atlanta, who got three cubs wrong in a row!)

    Aardvarks - despite DNA tests now being standard practice for youngsters mistakes are still made
     
  8. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    is this for school homework? It sounds like a homework question.
     
  9. michaelrichards

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    No, I'm a bit old for homework. Thanks to those who provided examples; I don't need any more.