On Some Features of Early Embryonic Development Stages of Cnidaria

On Some Features of Early Embryonic Development Stages of Cnidaria Division of the life cycle of Cnidaria (except for Anthozoa) into two independent generations, polypoid and medusoid, i.e., metagenesis, is considered to be unjustified. Like other Metazoa, their life cycle can be divided into three periods: embryonic, postembryonic, and definitive, i.e., according to the age [9, 10]. An important feature of Cnidaria is the transition of some postembryonic stages to the sedentary mode of life. As in other animals, this change results in a substantial reduction in organismic integrity and an anarchical type of cell division. Some researchers [3, 5, 7] regard this type of cell division as original. However, the anarchical type of cell division itself is secondary and, for this reason, cannot be ancestral to other types. The statement that the spiral type of cell division originated from the pseudo-spiral type also arouses serious criticism. The spiral type is caused by a change in the structure of the blastomere ooplasm rather than the appropriate arrangement of blastomeres. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Marine Biology Springer Journals

On Some Features of Early Embryonic Development Stages of Cnidaria

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”
Subject
Life Sciences; Freshwater & Marine Ecology
ISSN
1063-0740
eISSN
1608-3377
D.O.I.
10.1023/B:RUMB.0000039160.52064.c9
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Abstract

Division of the life cycle of Cnidaria (except for Anthozoa) into two independent generations, polypoid and medusoid, i.e., metagenesis, is considered to be unjustified. Like other Metazoa, their life cycle can be divided into three periods: embryonic, postembryonic, and definitive, i.e., according to the age [9, 10]. An important feature of Cnidaria is the transition of some postembryonic stages to the sedentary mode of life. As in other animals, this change results in a substantial reduction in organismic integrity and an anarchical type of cell division. Some researchers [3, 5, 7] regard this type of cell division as original. However, the anarchical type of cell division itself is secondary and, for this reason, cannot be ancestral to other types. The statement that the spiral type of cell division originated from the pseudo-spiral type also arouses serious criticism. The spiral type is caused by a change in the structure of the blastomere ooplasm rather than the appropriate arrangement of blastomeres.

Journal

Russian Journal of Marine BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 7, 2004

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