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What is Morphallaxis?

The biological process of reorganizing the remaining part of the body is called morphallaxis. The mechanism of morphallaxis depends upon the repatterning of tissues.

The mechanism of regenerating tissues in vertebrates is called Morphallaxis, while the mechanism of renewing tissues in lower animals is called regeneration.

Example of morphallaxis in lower animals:

Budding in Hydra. The new Hydra grows by the loss of cells from the parent body. When the Hydra is cut into two halves, the upper part develops the foot while the lower part develops the head.

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Morphallaxis also occurs in various plants, animals and also in humans. The regeneration of skin and other internal organs including the liver is the best example of regeneration in humans. Morphallaxis in animals occurs in lizards.

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Factors Affecting Morphallaxis

There are many environmental factors that affect morphallaxis. The environmental factors include both internal and external, including temperature, pH, nutrient value, excretory products, etc.

Also Refer: Epimorphosis

This article concludes with an introduction to morphallaxis. To know more about morphallaxis, types, its mechanism, other related topics and important questions on morphallaxis, keep visiting our website at BYJU’S Biology.


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