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Published 17 September 2009
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DR MILES LAMARE

As opposed to producing a larval stage, they can actually just decide, “Well, I'm going to cut myself in half and make two of me.” That’s called asexual reproduction – the scientific name for that’s called fission. And so when conditions are right and the starfish feels some need to increase its population size, it can do it by basically just splitting itself in half and the two halves growing a new body.