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Juvenile (organism)

cases, juveniles during this transformation are sometimes

called subadults.
Many invertebrates, on reaching the adult stage, are fully
mature and their development and growth stops. Their
juveniles are larvae.
In vertebrates and some invertebrates (e.g. spiders), lar-
val forms (e.g. tadpoles) are usually considered a de-
velopment stage of their own, and juvenile refers to a
post-larval stage that is not fully grown and not sexually
mature. In amniotes and most plants, the embryo repre-
sents the larval stage. Here, a juvenile is an individual in
the time between hatching/birth/germination and reach-
ing maturity.
Young wild boar suckling from adult female. Here, juvenile
colouring acts as a form of camouage
1 Juveniles
For animal larval juveniles, see larva

Juvenile (left) and adult (right) leaves of Stone Pine

A juvenile is an individual organism that has not yet

reached its adult form, sexual maturity or size. Juveniles
sometimes look very dierent from the adult form, par-
ticularly in colour. In many organisms the juvenile has
a dierent name from the adult (see also List of animal
Some organisms reach sexual maturity in a short
metamorphosis, such as eclosion in many insects. For
others, the transition from juvenile to fully mature is a
more prolonged process puberty for example. In such


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