Tom and Andrew have identified tissue from the sunfish’s gonads, which they believe to be testicular tissue.
Gonad tissue in adult female sunfish is pink. Gonad tissue in adult male sunfish is white. However, our sharp-tail sunfish is an immature specimen and in immature sunfish the gonad tissue is…pink regardless of the sex!
So that makes it a bit tricky for our scientists to determine by sight what sex our specimen is. We’ve taken a section of the tissue and sent it off to be analysed further.
So don’t let the gender influence your class if you’re entering our sunfish naming competition.