Term: Parthenogenesis

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Parthenogenesis is a type of asexual reproduction in which offspring develop from unfertilized eggs, meaning there is no genetic contribution by a male. It’s caused when cells known as polar bodies, which are produced with an animal’s egg and usually die, behave like sperm and fuse with the egg, triggering cell division.

When this happens, any resulting hatchlings will be female, and carry the same genetic traits (morphs) as the mother, or dame.

Term: Parthenogenesis was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Tom
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