New insights into reproductive traits of scyphozoans: special methods of propagation inSanderia malayensisGOETTE, 1886 (Pelagiidae, Semaeostomeae) enable establishing a new classification of asexual reproduction in the class Scyphozoa

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Abstract

Asexual propagation is an underappreciated way of increasing the sessile population of the metagenetic Scyphozoa. Our studies on Sanderia malayensis have shown a great variety of asexual reproduction modes. A new mode of polyp asexual propagation is described. By integrating earlier reported modes occurring in other species we established a classification which may serve as a standard tool to describe asexual propagation in Scyphozoa.

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