Clutch (eggs)

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A clutch of Falcipennis falcipennis eggs in a nest.

A clutch is a group of eggs. When people say "clutch," they mean living eggs that have not hatched yet. Usually, they mean eggs laid by the same mother. Usually, they mean eggs laid at the same time.[1]

A clutch can be just one egg or many. For example, many ocean birds lay only one or two eggs in one clutch.[2] Some frogs lay hundreds of eggs in one clutch.[3]

Sometimes the parents will stay with the clutch to guard it. Sometimes the parents will sit on the eggs to keep them warm. Sometimes the parents will bury or hide the eggs and then leave.

A Mantella frog with its clutch.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Clutch Size". Science Direct. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  2. George L. Hunt, Jr.; Xiaojia He (March 13, 2019). "Seabird Population Dynamics". Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences (3 ed.). 2: 76–79. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11379-X. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  3. J.M. Hero; R. A. Alford; M. Cunningham; K. R. McDonald (April 5, 2002). "Litoria genimaculata: Green-eyed Tree Frog". Amphibiaweb. Retrieved September 7, 2020.