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Iteroparity or Iteroparie , more rarely called Iteroparitie ( lat. Iterum for "again", pario for "to give birth"), describes a life cycle of organisms in which sexual reproduction occurs several times in the course of a lifetime . These organisms are called iteroparous .

Most animals, but also all perennial plants, are iteroparous. Some examples:

  • Lizards: They only lay a few large eggs, but do so regularly for several years.
  • Trees: They multiply every year

The opposite of iteroparity, i.e. the only one-time reproduction in life, is called semelparity .

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