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(invertebrate zoology)
Asexual reproduction by segmentation of the body into zooids, proglottids, or separate individuals.



(1) A type of asexual reproduction in some invertebrates whereby daughter individuals are successively separated by transverse division from a parental body. The classical example of strobilation is the division of ephyrae (scyphozoan larvae) from a scyphistoma.

(2) The process by which the body of tapeworms is divided into similar segments (proglottids). The chain of segments is called a strobila.

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Strobilation of the sea nettle, Chrysaora quinquecirrha, under field conditions.
Light as an inhibitor of strobilation in Aurelia aurita.
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I counted the total number of exposed zooids on one side of each wedge, the number of those zooids undergoing strobilation, and the total number of larvae brooded by the nonstrobilating zooids.
Results of chi-square analyses on colony age class and reproductive state showed a significant age effect on the frequency of strobilating colonies among the youngest age class (colonies 1 month old), but the other age classes did not differ significantly from expected values for strobilation.