Sunday, December 2, 2007

Asexual Reproduction

The largest mushroom false coral I have, I believe, is about to generate a clone of itself. For the past couple of weeks it has been stretching its foot along the surface of the rock. The foot started to pinch off at one point. Now it has stretched and pinched off so far that there is just a small strand of flesh between the farthest point and the parent. See the picture below.

I'll keep an eye on this. I'm curious to know if the child will move farther away from its parent or if it will stay put right where it is. I would like to see some of these move onto other rocks. I have no idea how I would move one though.