can hydra reproduce sexualy ? how?

Asked by abcdefghijklmnopqrs | 13th Nov, 2009, 01:56: PM

Expert Answer:

When conditions are harsh, often before winter or in poor feeding conditions, sexual reproduction occurs in some hydras. Swellings in the body wall develop into either a simple ovary or testes. The testes release free swimming gametes into the water and these can fertilise the egg in the ovary of another individual. The fertilized eggs secrete a tough outer coating and, as the adult dies, these resting eggs fall to the bottom of the lake or pond to await better conditions, whereupon they hatch into miniature adults. Hydras are hermaphrodites and may produce both testes and an ovary at the same time.

Answered by  | 16th Nov, 2009, 10:31: AM

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