B Reproduction By Internal Gemmation. Before considering the phenomena of "alternate generations," it will be as well to glance for a moment at a peculiar form of gemmation exhibited by some of the Polyzoa, which is in some respects intermediate between ordinary discontinuous gemmation and alternation of generations. These organisms are nearly allied to the sea-mat already spoken of, and, like it, can reproduce themselves by continuous gemmation (forming colonies), by a true sexual process, and rarely by fission. In addition to all these methods they can reproduce themselves by the formation of peculiar internal buds, which are called "statoblasts." These buds are developed upon a peculiar cord, which crosses the body-cavity, and is attached at one end to the fundus of the stomach. When mature they drop off from this cord, and lie loose in the cavity of the body, whence they are liberated on the death of the parent organism. When thus liberated, the statoblast, after a longer or shorter period, ruptures and gives exit to a young Polyzoon, which has essentially the same structure as the adult. It is, however, simple, and has to undergo a process of continuous gemmation before it can assume the compound form proper to the adult.
As regards the nature of these singular bodies, "the invariable absence of germinal vesicle and germinal spot, and their never exhibiting the phenomena of yelk-cleavage, independently of the conclusive fact that true ova and ovary occur elsewhere in the same individual, are quite decisive against their being eggs. We must then look upon them as gemma peculiarly encysted, and destined to remain for a period in a quiescent or pupalike state " (Allman).