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A period of suspended development or growth occurring in many insects and other invertebrates during which metabolism is greatly decreased. Some long-lived species may undergo diapause as adults, but for many others the egg is the diapausal stage. Diapause is often triggered by seasonal changes and regulated by an inborn rhythm; it enables the animal to survive unfavourable environmental conditions so that its offspring may be produced in more favourable ones.

Subjects: Biological Sciences.

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