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A reproductive strategy characterized by multiple reproductive cycles over the course of a lifetime.


The term iteroparity refers to a reproductive strategy characterized by multiple reproductive cycles over the course of a lifetime and contrasts with semelparity (see “Semelparity ”). The iteroparous and semelparous reproductive strategies received special attention in the study of reproductive strategies of species (e.g., Cole 1954; Charnov and Schaffer 1973; Stearns 1976). Both reproductive strategies are experienced in the plant and animal kingdoms. Humans (Homo sapiens) are an example of iteroparous species – humans are biologically capable of having several offspring during their lives. Iteroparous vertebrates include birds, reptiles, fishes, and mammals (Angelini and Ghiara 1984). Among invertebrates, most Mollusca and insects (e.g., cockroaches and mosquitoes) present an iteroparous reproductive strategy (e.g., Fritz et al. 1982). Most…

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Optimal Reproductive Strategy Infantile Mortality Iteroparous Species Reproducible Occurrence Semelparous Species 

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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA

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  • Joseph A Camilleri
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  1. 1.Westfield State UniversityWestfieldUSA

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