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Sun November 20, 2011 By:

Can a multicellular organism also reproduce through fission?

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Tue November 22, 2011
Yes, in certain cases. Binary fission is the primary method of reproduction of prokaryotic organisms. In protists, binary fission is often differentiated into types, such as transverse or longitudinal, depending on the axis of cell separation.
Regular transverse fission in some organisms, such as tapeworms and scyphostome polyps, is called strobilation.
(Commonly, this results in a chain, called a strobilus, of the fission products—the proglottids of tapeworms and the ephyrae of scyphozoan jellyfish; each proglottid or ephyra matures in turn and separates from the end of the strobilus.)
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