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Among hermaphroditic animal species (those in which one individual can produce both eggs and sperm), some species, though not all, can self-fertilize.

This is a strategy that has some of the same benefits as asexual reproduction, including
Select Option reproduction without a matethe rapid perpetuation of a genotype that is adaptive in the current environment
, while partially avoiding one of the major downsides of asexual reproduction, which is
Select Option the lack of genetic variation across individualsthe inability to coordinate the timing of reproductive cycles with potential mating partners
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