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Clitoris and udder in spotted hyena signify social inferiority

 

hyena udder

Crocuta crocuta photo © Steve Jurvetson
 

The female spotted hyena is unique in that both a peniform clitoris and an udder project from its groin. Although the spotted hyena’s society is perhaps the most female-dominated among mammals, these organs are most conspicuous in inferior individuals in the hierarchy – which means that her phallus never signifies macho and her udder never signifies matriarchy. 

 

Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 March 2016

 

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Pregnant Crocuta crocuta showing udders

 

                                            

 

                                          

 

 

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