Why does parthenogenesis happen? Under what conditions can an animal reproduce parthenogenetic ally?

Asked by  | 3rd Nov, 2012, 07:14: PM

Expert Answer:

In the wild, some female animals are able to create offspring without the help of a mate, a process known as parthenogenesis. Depending on the species, parthenogenesis happens for different reasons. Some species that normally reproduce sexually will sometimes reproduce asexually, either for lack of males, for population sex control, or in some cases because of an abundance of resources. How the cell division happens during reproduction in each species determines if the resulting offspring from parthenogenesis will be an exact clone of the mother or not.

Answered by  | 5th Nov, 2012, 10:38: AM

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