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Molting is the process by which an arthropod with an exoskeleton sheds its outer layer to reveal a new cuticle. The new exoskeleton is soft and flexible. This allows the animal to pump some hemolymph in order to stretch and grow a bit bigger.
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Cheryl Y. Hayashi: Leon Hess Director of Comparative Biology Research, American Museum of Natural History
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