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n. pl. on·tog·e·nies
The development of an individual organism or a part of an organism from inception to maturity. Also called ontogenesis.

on′to·ge·net′ic (ŏn′tə-jə-nĕt′ĭk), on′to·gen′ic (-jĕn′ĭk) adj.
on′to·ge·net′i·cal·ly, on′to·gen′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.ontogenetic - of or relating to the origin and development of individual organisms; "ontogenetic development"
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'Ontogenetic braincase development in Psittacosaurus lujiatunensis (Dinosauria: Ceratopsia) using micro-computed tomography' by C.
the ontogenetic migration of peanaus merguiensis and Metapenaeus ensis and the impact of dredging and reclamation of PSR on the two prawn populations and their fisheries (one year cycle complete) and;
Allometric relationships can be determined during development (ontogenetic allometry) or in mature individuals throughout the process of evolution of a species (phylogenetic allometry) (Pilbeam & Gould, 1974).
I have similar concerns about this book's treatment of species that experience extensive ontogenetic changes; few of these species are given life-stage depictions (no tadpole diagrams for frogs or images of reptile subspecies/colour morphs are present).
Understanding the evolution of the regeneration niche, expressed as ontogenetic changes in functional traits (mediated by biotic interactions such as competition and plant-herbivore relationships), is critical to understanding not only the causes of tropical forest diversity, but the very nature of ecological communities.
Spokes are meant to represent all possible aspects of "personality" that are ontogenetic and idiosyncratically organized within individuals (there can be an infinite number of spokes, only a few are presented in Figure 1).
The distribution of food resources among fish that coexist in the same place has been studied extensively (Braga et al., 2012; Chi-Espinola & Vega-Cendejas, 2013) but few studies described the ontogenetic changes in the diet, even if it is a very common fish in the area (Ellioth & Hemingway, 2002).
While a scanning electron microscope was necessary to depict accurately the gross morphologies and morphometries and hinge structures of the disarticulated shell valves of the larvae and/or postlarvae of the 56 species of bivalves, it is important to emphasize that a scanning electron microscope is not necessary to observe even fine hinge structures associated with the ontogenetic stages of these species.
Studies comparing different sized adults and different ontogenetic stages confirm that larger spiders build more asymmetric webs (Herberstein & Heiling 1999; Hesselberg 2010; Kuntner et al.
azureus ontogenetic stages, fertility, and survival rate between temperatures, an adjusted generalized linear model (GLM) with family distribution Gaussian (inverse) was considered.
Additionally, we use ontogentically sampled RNA-seq data sets from Calanus funmarchicus to investigate the expression patterns of opsin genes relative to the development of the naupliar eye and the ecology of different life stages in a copepod that exhibits diapause and is characterized by ontogenetic vertical migration (Hirche, 1996).