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o·o·pha·gi·a

, oophagy (ō'ō-fā'jē-ă, ō-of'ă-jē),
The habitual eating of eggs; subsisting largely on eggs.
[G. ōon, egg, + phagō, to eat]
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oophagy

(ō-ŏf′ă-jē) [″ + phagein, to eat]
Eating of eggs.
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One unifying characteristic for this group is oophagy, as a means of embryonic nutrition, which requires a large ovary with relatively high oocyte production and high ovulation rates (Gilmore et al., 2005).
In contrast, in species that produce other intracapsular resources (e.g., nurse embryos) siblings must compete for the limited food (i.e., via oophagy or adelphophagy).
For example, these include notes on oophagy by eels, consumption of eel leptocephali by bluefish, and taxonomy of Cyprinodon.
In lamnoid sharks, the embryos feed on eggs ovulated into the uterus for their nutrition (oophagy; Springer 1948, Bass et al.
Makos exhibit a placental viviparity: the eggs are retained in the uterus throughout development and fetuses obtain nourishment from their yolk sacs and also by feeding on the unfertilized eggs produced by the mother (oophagy).
Adaptations facilitating facultative oophagy in the gray rat snake, Elaphe obsoleta spiloides.
Reproduction, oviposition-site selection, and tadpole oophagy of an arboreal nester, Chirixalus eiffingeri (Rhacophoridae), from Taiwan.
This unusual process is called oophagy (from the Greek oion, meaning egg and phagy eat.)
Like other members of the order Lamniformes, the bigeye thresher is an aplacental, viviparous species with intrauterine oophagy, bearing 2-4 pups per litter, resulting in an extremely low fecundity (Moreno and Moron, 1992; Gilmore, 1993; Chen et al., 1997; Compagno, 2001).
Direct development can be fueled entirely from endogenous yolk from the oocyte, consumption of nutritive eggs or embryos (oophagy or adelphophagy), or absorption of intracapsular fluid or maternal secretions (Thorson, 1950; Spight, 1976; Rivest, 1986; Collin and Spangler, 2012).
Intraspecific oophagy in stream-breeding California newts (Taricha torosa).