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Sexual Reproduction and Development

Introduction
Reproduction is what most clearly distinguishes marsupials from the other mammalian clades. Although not all species possess the marsupium, or pouch, where young develop after birth, there are many other diagnostic features. All marsupials undergo rapid embryonic growth with a short gestation period, and give birth to relatively undeveloped young that mature mostly during lactation over a number of months following birth.

Below are a number of pages outlining the key processes and steps in marsupial development and general life cycle.

Male Reproductive System.

Female Reproductive System.

Seasonal Breeding.

Pregnancy, Birth and Diapause.

Lactation.