BIOTIC Species Information for Botryllus schlosseri
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeFission
Permanent hermaphrodite
Developmental mechanismLecithotrophic
Reproductive SeasonInsufficient information Reproductive LocationAs adult
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life span1 year Age at reproductive maturity<1 year
Generation time<1 year Fecundity8
Egg/propagule size Fertilization typeSelf-fertile
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potential1km-10km Larval settlement period
Duration of larval stage<1 day   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationUp to eight eggs are produced per zooid. After fertilization and development to a tadpole stage, the tadpole is released and is free swimming for up to 36 hours (Berrill 1950; Berrill, 1975).
Reproduction References Chadwick-Furman & Weissman, 1995, Berril, 1950, Berril, 1975, Eckert, 2003,
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