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From Anton Schobloch   9 March 1878

18 93 78—

Dear Sir.

I am a great adorateur of the selection theory—but how is it possible, that there are hermaphrodits?1

Yours | Anthony Schobloch.

Adr. Austria, Meran, Tyrol.

CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘☿ Fool’ blue crayon


CD discussed hermaphroditism in both plants and animals; for plants, see Origin, pp. 96–101, and Variation 2: 131–40; for animals, see Descent 1: 207–11.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Asks CD to explain why there are hermaphrodites.

Letter details

Letter no.
Anton Schobloch
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Meran, Austria
Source of text
DAR 201: 34
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11408,” accessed on 15 April 2021,