Strobilation

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strobilation

[‚sträb·ə′lā·shən]
(invertebrate zoology)
Asexual reproduction by segmentation of the body into zooids, proglottids, or separate individuals.

Strobilation

 

(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.