Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal's body structure through cell growth and differentiation. Some insects, amphibians, molluscs, crustaceans, Cnidarians, echinoderms and tunicates undergo metamorphosis, which is usually accompanied by a change of habitat or behavior.

Scientific usage of the term is exclusive, and is not applied to general aspects of cell growth, including rapid growth spurts. References to "metamorphosis" in mammals are imprecise and only colloquial, but historically idealist ideas of transformation and monadology, as in Goethe's Metamorphosis of Plants, influenced the development of ideas of evolution.

Read more about Metamorphosis:  Etymology, Insect Metamorphosis, Amphibian Metamorphosis, Metamorphosis in Fish

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Metamorphosing - Amphibian Metamorphosis
... Metamorphosis in amphibians is regulated by thyroxin concentration in the blood, which stimulates metamorphosis, and prolactin, which counteracts its effect ... After metamorphosis, these organs become redundant and will be resorbed by controlled cell death, called apoptosis ...
Metamorphosing
... Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal's body structure through cell growth ... Cnidarians, echinoderms and tunicates undergo metamorphosis, which is usually accompanied by a change of habitat or behavior ... References to "metamorphosis" in mammals are imprecise and only colloquial, but historically idealist ideas of transformation and monadology, as in Goethe's Metamorphosis of Plants, influenced the ...
Metamorphosis in Fish
... fish, both bony fish (Osteichyes) and non-bony fish (Agnatha), undergo metamorphosis ... Fish metamorphosis is typically under strong control by the thyroid hormone ... from the larval stage to the leptocephalus stage, then a quick metamorphosis from leptocephalus to glass eel at the edge of the continental shelf (8 days for the Japanese eel), two months at the border of fresh and ...
Metamorphosing - Metamorphosis in Fish
... Some fish, both bony fish (Osteichyes) and non-bony fish (Agnatha), undergo metamorphosis ... Fish metamorphosis is typically under strong control by the thyroid hormone ... stage to the leptocephalus stage, then a quick metamorphosis from leptocephalus to glass eel at the edge of the continental shelf (8 days for the Japanese eel), two months at the border of fresh and ...
Lamprey - Life Cycle
... Then, ammocoetes undergo a metamorphosis that lasts several months ... Some species do not feed after metamorphosis, while others migrate to the sea or lakes, where they feed on different species of fish and even on marine mammals ... begin preying on other fish soon after metamorphosis, even as they begin swimming downstream ...