Diagrams

Genome sequence

Genome sequence Completion of genome (Science, 1998, vol 282, 2011)

C. elegans cell lineage

C. elegans cell lineage

The complete C. elegans cell lineage from top down. It is possible to know which cell is derived from which. The rapid early division are embryonic. (Image from WormAtlas; click the image to enlarge or right-click here and choose Save Link As... to download)

C. elegans Life Cycle

C. elegans Life Cycle

Life cycle of C. elegans at 25°C

  • Solid arrows: molt
  • From Egg to Larvae 1 (L1) stage: it takes 8 hours from the laying of egg to L1 stage. The whole embryogenesis from sperm entry to hatching takes about 14 hours.
  • The Dauer stage: C. elegans develops into dauer larvae stage under starvation conditions.
  • From Dauer to L4: after placing in food, dauer larvae will reach L4 stage.
  • Its life cycle is about 3 days. 1
    • 1. Epstein, F. H. & Shakes, C. D. (Ed). (1995).

Hermaphrodite worm cartoon

Hermaphrodite worm cartoon "No thanks...I can handle it..."
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