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Zygotic Meiosis vs. Sporic Meiosis

Meiosis is of three types, depending on the stage where it occurs. The main difference between these three types of meiosis is that in zygotic meiosis, the process of meiosis occurs in a zygote and again results in haploid individuals. In sporic meiosis, the division occurs during sporogenesis and results in the formation of a haploid number of spores. So these two types of meiotic divisions depend upon the place and time of the occurrence of the process of meiosis.

Key Differences

Zygotic meiosis has a haplontic life cycle and sporic meiosis has a diplohaplontic life cycle.
Zygotic gives rise to zygote and sporic gives rise to spores.
Zygotic in a zygote and sporic during sporogenesis.

What is Zygotic Meiosis?

The meiotic division here occurs in a zygote. In this process the formation of a haploid individual takes place. A zygote is divided which results in haploid organisms, having a haplontic life cycle, unlike the diplontic life cycle in gametic meiosis. In lower plants, zygotic meiosis takes place. It takes place when the zygote is about to germinate and therefore the plant or filament is haploid in nature. The resultant zygote after the process of conjugation is diploid. It undergoes a period of rest and then finally germinates. At the time of germination, meiosis occurs to form four spores.

What is Sporic Meiosis?

This type o division occurs during the process of sporogenesis and results in the formation of haploid spores. Spore divides to form gametophytes which eventually forms gametes. A diploid sporophyte is formed as a result of the fusion of those gametes. It has a diplohaplontic life cycle and is common in plants. Sporic meiosis also occurs in the life cycle of ferns and mosses.

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