Reproduction: Widespread cloning in echinoderm larvae

@article{Eaves2003ReproductionWC,
  title={Reproduction: Widespread cloning in echinoderm larvae},
  author={Alexandra A. Eaves and A. Richard Palmer},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={425},
  pages={146-146}
}
Asexual reproduction by free-living invertebrate larvae is a rare and enigmatic phenomenon and, although it is known to occur in sea stars and brittle stars, it has not been detected in other echinoderms despite more than a century of intensive study. Here we describe spontaneous larval cloning in three species from two more echinoderm classes: a sea cucumber (Holothuroidea), a sand dollar and a sea urchin (Echinoidea). Larval cloning may therefore be an ancient ability of echinoderms and… 

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