Telophase

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A cell during telophase that has almost completed cytokinesis. The nuclei in both cells have already formed. An arrow points to a centrosome that can still be seen.
Telophase: The pinching is known as cleavage furrow, and can only occur in animal cells. For rigid plant cells, a Cell Plate forms. Note the decondensing chromosomes.

Telophase (sometimes spelled telephase), from the ancient Greek "τελος" (end) and "φασις" (stage), is a stage in either meiosis or mitosis in a eukaryotic cell reversing the effects of prophase and prometaphase events.

Cytokinesis, if slated to occur, usually occurs at the same time the nuclear envelope is reforming, although they are distinct processes. In animal cells, a cleavage furrow develops where the metaphase plate used to be, pinching off the separated nuclei.

In plant cells, vesicles derived from the Golgi apparatus move to the middle of the cell along a microtubule scaffold called the phragmoplast. This structure directs packets of cell wall materials which coalesce into a disk-shaped structure called a cell plate. The cell plate grows out centrifugally and eventually develops into a proper cell wall, separating the two nuclei.

Each daughter cell has a complete copy of the genome of its parent cell, and mitosis is complete.



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