Cool finding by our tech, Brian Silverman

Bilateral gynandromorphy is a condition in which an organism develops the sexual characteristics of both sexes. This typically occurs as an early female zygote loses an X chromosome during mitotic division. The portion that remains XX develops female characteristics while the portion that is now XO develops male characteristics (Le & Rizk, 2012). This occurs in arthropods and occasionally in birds as well. This European Earwig (Forficula auricularia Linnaeus) was found in Stanislaus County, California. The “male” portion of the forceps is large and curved while the “female” portion is short and straight.

 

Read more about bilateral gynandromorphy in butterflies and chickens!

New Curator!

UCFC has a found curator! Dr. Barbara Sharanowski joined the UCF Department of Biology as the curator of UCFC and associate professor in January 2016. She has set up her lab and settled in. Her research focus is the evolutionary relationships of braconid wasps. We are very excited to have a hymenopterist as our curator since the UCFC is overwhelmingly composed of Hymenoptera specimens. We look forward to Dr. Sharanowski’s input and plans for the growth of the collection. To learn more about her research focus, please visit the people page.