Revista de Biología Tropical ISSN Impreso: 0034-7744 ISSN electrónico: 2215-2075

Why do onychophorans and camels need the same gestation time?
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broad gestation
low feeding frequency
onychophoran female
amplia gestación
baja frecuencia de alimentación
hembra de onicóforo

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Monge, J. (2019). Why do onychophorans and camels need the same gestation time?. Revista De Biología Tropical, (1), Darwin.


One of the many mysteries surrounding onychophorans, is why, despite their small body size, they have gestation periods that are as long as gestation in some mammals. Here we propose that the causes are infrequent feeding and the Mandatory Minimum Size model, according to which they must be born sufficiently developed to hunt their own food and survive adverse microclimates.
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