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What are five animals that reproduce asexually?

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May 25, 2011 10:23AM

As a general rule, animals cannot reproduce asexually. However, there are exceptions.

Amoebas and other single-celled organisms reproduce asexually, being too small to have gender.

Certain larger animals may reproduce asexually through either:

  • parthenogenesis under certain circumstances (that is, reproduction via self-cloning),
  • gynogenesis (via the catalyst of a male nearby which does not actually fertilize the eggs).

Greenflies clone themselves once every 20 minutes.

Whiptail lizards, Aphids, some bees wasps and hornets, some fish and water fleas reproduce by parthenogenesis. Komodo Dragons, some sharks, some snails do as well.

Parthenogenesis has been laboratory induced in some species, such as urchins and turkeys, but this does not occur in the wild.