Do all Living Things Reproduce Sexually?

No, there are few living organisms which reproduce asexually.

Reproduction is the biological process of producing their offspring, which are identical to their parents. There are two different modes of reproduction in living organisms.

The sexual reproduction occurs in humans, all types of animals, birds, insects, reptiles and in all higher plants. Syngamy and conjugation are types of sexual reproduction. Asexual reproduction occurs in lower invertebrates, chordates, and plants with simple organizations. Budding in hydra, vegetative reproduction in plants and binary fission in bacteria are examples of asexual reproduction.

Differences between Sexual Reproduction and Asexual Reproduction

Sexual Reproduction Asexual Reproduction
Bi-parental Uni-parental
There is a formation of Gametes, zygote and fertilization takes place There is no formation of Gametes, zygote, and fertilization
There are the formation and involvement of reproductive organs There is no formation and involvement of reproductive organs
It involves both meiosis and mitosis. It involves only mitosis.
Offspring genetically differ from their parents. Offspring are genetically identical to the parent.

Also Read: Sexual And Asexual Reproduction In Plants And Animals

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