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Biology Articles » Reproductive Biology » Stress and fitness in parthenogens: is dormancy a key feature for bdelloid rotifers? » Conclusion

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- Stress and fitness in parthenogens: is dormancy a key feature for bdelloid rotifers?

Bdelloids, although aquatic animals, not only are efficient in tolerating desiccation, but are somehow dependent on anhydrobiosis, a circumstance that might represent a key event in their life cycle. If this is true, life in unpredictable habitats should not be seen as the result of competitive exclusion from more 'easy' habitats, but a necessity for long-term survival of a bdelloid rotifer.


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