fetometamorphism

fetometamorphism

[¦fē·dō‚med·ə′mȯr‚fiz·əm]
(invertebrate zoology)
A life cycle variation in the Cantharidae (Coleoptera); the larvae hatch prematurely as legless, immature prelarvae.
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