- reproduction characterized by the alternation of a sexual generation and a generation that reproduces asexually; alternation of generations.
Origin of metagenesis
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There are some species which, having no hydroid or strobila state, mature without alternation of generation (metagenesis).The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
A third way in which metagenesis might originate is through polymorphosis.Studies in the Theory of Descent (Volumes 1 and 2)
The term Nurse (German Amme), employed for the asexual generations in metagenesis, may advantageously be dropped altogether.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
- another name for alternation of generations
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