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anamorphosis


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A developmental phenomenon in some Protura and Chilopoda in which the young do not possess the full, adult complement of body segments and legs on hatching; these are developed successively in later stages, after moulting. Centipedes that hatch with only part of the adult complement of segments take several years to reach sexual maturity. Compare epimorphosis.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.


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