A hermaphrodite is an organism that has male and female reproductive organs. In the case of a human, this would mean that a hermaphrodite would have male genitals and female genitals. In other words, they would have a penis and a vagina at the same time. Although this is fairly uncommon and slightly disturbing to some, it is a natural part of life for some species, and hermaphroditism is necessary for some species to survive and reproduce. Hermaphroditism is most commonly found among invertebrate organisms; however, it can occur in other types of organisms as well. Recently, intersex has been used as a less offensive and more medical term instead of hermaphrodite in the case that it is referring to a human.
Dwarf males of Octolasmis warwickii (Cirripedia: Thoracica): the first example of coexistence of males and hermaphrodites in the suborder Lepadomorpha.(Report)
Jun 01, 2010; Introduction Barnacles (Cirripedia: Thoracica) exhibit diverse patterns of sexuality (Darwin, 1851). Individuals of most species...