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(English) Foetus-eating, a mode of live-bearing reproduction employing uterine cannibalism; early foetuses deplete their yolk-sacs early and subsist by first eating their smaller siblings and then eating nutritive eggs produced by the mother. In sharks, at present only known for certain in the sand tiger shark (Carcharinus taurus), but suspected in a few other lamnoids. (See also: live-bearing, uterine cannibalism, viviparity)

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