Do Damsels change sex?

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    Do they?

    Clowns and Damsels are in the same family. and we all know that Clowns start out as all male and then the biggest one changes into female. And Damsels? Do they also start out as male and some then change into female?
     
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    Naughty boy. You did not listen to Brian Rings talk (sex on the reef) at the EXPO. :nono:
     
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    He covered Anthias and a lot of others. But I cannot remember if he mentioned Damsels specifically.

    But do the normal Blue Yellow tail damsel change sex?
     
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    Aren't clown apart of the damsel family?
     
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    That is what I said... in the first post.

    I do assume they do, but I hate the word "assume".
    Break the word up into three parts and its true meaning comes out.
    ass u me
    makes an ass of u and me
     
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    Well then it should be the same don't you think? Why ass out of me I'm not asking silly questions?
     
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    :lol:
    My boss used the word "Assume" yesterday in a meeting on my project. I gave him the same reply. Must admit it is rather stupid of me just before Christmas bonus... but yes, my point made.

    OK, so who can say with certainty that blue Yellow damsels do change sex.
     
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    Thank you Jason

    But not sure

    Here they say Clowns can change.
     
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    Saw that also afterwards...

    The last link they say

     
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    So, I still got no 100% answer on this.
     
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    Thank you Dallas

    Protogynous
    A form of sequential hermaphroditism where an individual changes from female to male.
     
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    I am 100% sure that no one here is 100% sure :lol:

    I'd also like to know
     
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    On the link that dallasg posted, the guy breeds with Damsels.

    But it seems that the larger ones are Male, opposite to clowns. And also, they all start out as female, and the dominant one change to male. Again opposite to that of clowns.

    Protogynous hermaphrodites refer to organisms that are born female and at some point in their lifespan change sex to male.
    Sequential hermaphroditism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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