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Clonality: The Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution of Sexual Abstinence in Vertebrate Animals

John C. Avise


About 99.9% of vertebrate species reproduce sexually. This makes the exceptional 0.1%—the asexual or clonal reproducers—fascinating in their own right, and also uniquely instructive about the biological significance of alternative reproductive modes. This book describes the genetics, ecology, natural history, and evolution of all of the world's approximately 100 “species” of vertebrate animal that routinely display one form or another of clonal or quasi-clonal reproduction. The book investigates the astounding realm of sexual abstinence, from the levels of DNA molecules and somatic cells to wh ... More

Keywords: clones, asexual reproduction, natural history, evolutionary genetics, ecology, vertebrate animals, sexual abstinence, genetic engineering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369670
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John C. Avise, author