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paedogenesis


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Reproduction by an animal that is still in the larval or pre-adult form. Paedogenesis is a form of neoteny and is particularly marked in the axolotl, a larval form of the salamander, which retains its larval features owing to a thyroid deficiency but can breed, producing individuals like itself. If the thyroid hormone thyroxine is given, metamorphosis occurs.

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