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  • n. Reproduction via embryos that develop from the outset without interruption (as opposed to germinating from a seed).
  • n. Live birth (as opposed to hatching from an egg).


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  • Some lizards and snakes have advanced a step further, evolving the ability to retain their eggs internally until they have hatched, and giving birth to fully developed young (this is called vivipary).


  • The confusion is further compounded by the fact that mermaids are usually depicted with a navel, which would suggest placental vivipary rather than ovipary.

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  • Rhizophoraceae) all utilize water to disperse their propagules, although mangroves display vivipary (the seed germinates prior to detachment from the parent plant).

    Seed dispersal


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