Both versions seem grammatically correct to me, since the word "male" can be either a noun or an adjective, so it can be used with and without an article.

But I wonder, is there any difference in meanings of these two phrases? Maybe any difference in tone or style of speech, which is seen only to native speakers?

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    There is a grammatical difference. The first sentence employs "male" as an adjective, while the latter employs it as a noun. In my dialect of English (US), "a male" sounds more technical than the just using "male."
    – Karlomanio
    Commented Aug 23, 2019 at 14:59
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    Highly context-dependent.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 17:40
  • Perhaps. And perhaps you should ask this sort of question on English Language Learners.
    – David
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 21:03

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Not much, but one is an adjective and one is a noun. The difference is very slight, and wouldn't have an impact on the meaning of the sentence.

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