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period 6

Figure: : A eight cell cycle repeated twice to get sixteen cells.  

Any cycle of length N is automatically a cycle of length 2N; or of any other integer multiple kN for that matter. Consequently censuses are prone to containing divisors unless it is agreed that they should be omitted from the tally, just as it is usually agreed to drop quiescent configurations (which are really just a special case). Figure gif shows the cycle of period six which can also be found in rings of length eight.

Harold V. McIntosh