Behavior And Reproduction
Salinella moves by gliding on its hairlike fibers. It uses asexual (ay-SEK-shuh-wuhl) reproduction, or reproduction without the uniting of egg and sperm for the transfer of DNA from two parents, by splitting in half and growing into two full-sized individuals. However, another mode of reproduction was seen in culture. Salinella appeared to form a cyst by the coupling of two individuals. Although the details of the process are unknown, a one-celled individual that possibly came from the cyst was found in the culture. It is not known whether sexual (SEK-shuh-wuhl) reproduction, or reproduction by the uniting of egg and sperm and the transfer of DNA from two parents, takes place within the cyst.
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