As Daedalochila delecta is a fairly recently discovered organism, there isn’t much information known on its specific life history and reproduction. Therefore, the information given here on Daedalochila delecta’s reproduction is generalized to its genus (Daedalochila) and family (Polygyridae).
    Snails in the Polygyridae family are all monoecious, meaning that one organism contains both male and female sexes, and usually reproduce at night (Branson, 1962). This means that three functions must be fulfilled by the reproductive structures present: 1) Production of one’s own sperm 2) Receipt of foreign sperm 3) Production of eggs (Wilbur, 1985). Snails of this family have 26 to 35 haploid chromosomes (Barker, 2001). Although reproduction is sexual and they can fertilize themselves, they can also fertilize each other’s eggs with an exchange of spermatophores (bundles of sperm), which leads to diversity in the species because of cross-fertilization (Hickman, et al., 2009). This method is preferred, and self-fertilization usually only occurs under harsh conditions. When the eggs are laid, they look like a mass of jelly-like globules and are laid in moist localities where they are protected from the sun and won’t be disturbed, most likely on the underside of damp vegetation or under logs (Baker, 1939). Most snails lay their eggs between May and June, and on average, twenty days later these young snails hatch and start their lives. They will reach maturity around two years later (Baker,1939).

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