Life cycle data from a lab environment
Each adult produces approximately 3-4 embryos per laying (mean = 3.4 ± 1.9 SD, range 1–10, n = 1411 embryos). Embryos are laid during molting, with the embryos deposited in the shed exoskeleton, called an exuvia, and the adult crawls out of the exuvia soon after producing embryos. Embryos develop in the cast off exuvia until hatching occurs 4 to 4.5 days later. The generation time in a lab environment is 13–14 days at room temperature (mean 13.6 ± 0.8 SD, n = 67).
- Gabriel, W.N., R. McNuff, S.K. Patel, T.R. Gregory, W.R. Jeck, C.D. Jones and B. Goldstein (2007) The Tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini, a New Model for Studying the Evolution of Development. Developmental Biology 312: 545-559.
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