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Klepton (abbr. kl.) and synklepton (abbr sk.) are biological classifications.

Kleptons are species that require input from another biological taxon to complete their reproductive cycle. Specific types of kleptons are zygokleptons, which reproduce by zygogenesis; gynokleptons which reproduce by gynogenesis, and tychokleptons, which reproduce by a combination of both systems.[1][2]

The term is derived from the Greek, kleptein, "to steal".[3]

Studied species exhibiting the property include the amphibians Pelophylax and Ambystoma.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Gametophytic apomixis, a phenomenon in plants that requires fertilization of the endosperm, but reproduction is clonal


  1. ^ a b Dubois, Alan (April 2010), "DESCRIBING NEW SPECIES", TAPROBANICA 02 (01): 9–10, ISSN 1800-427X 
  2. ^ Dubois, A. (2011). "Species and "strange species" in zoology: Do we need a "unified concept of species"?". Comptes Rendus Palevol 10 (2–3): 77–94. doi:10.1016/j.crpv.2011.01.002.  edit
  3. ^ Gordh, Gordon; Headrick, David (2011), A Dictionary of Entomology (2 ed.), CABI, Klepton, p.769 


  • Günther, A. (1982), "Klepton and synklepton: two new evolutionary systematics categories in zoology", Zoologische Jahrbucher, Abteilung für Systematik, Ökologie & Biologie der Tiere, 109: pages = 290–305