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anisogamyAnisogamie (ger.)

  • The union of two unequal gametes in reproduction. (OED 2012)

    Anisogamy: the union of two gametes differing chiefly in size; the smaller (micro-) gamete is male, the larger (macro-) gamete, female.

    Hartog, M. (1891). [An outline classification of sexual and allied modes of protoplasmic rejuvenescence]. Nature 44, 483-484: 484.


    anisogamy The fusion of gametes of dissimilarsize, shape or behaviour; anisomerogamy; heterogamy; cf. isogamy.    

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 16.