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ORIGINAL ARTICLE The post-embryonic development of Remipedia

The post-embryonic development of Remipedia
(Crustacea)--additional results and new insights
Stefan Koenemann & Jørgen Olesen & Frederike Alwes &
Thomas M. Iliffe & Mario Hoenemann & Petra Ungerer &
Carsten Wolff & Gerhard Scholtz
Received: 15 October 2008 /Accepted: 2 January 2009 / Published online: 30 January 2009
# Springer-Verlag 2009
Abstract The post-embryonic development of a species of
the enigmatic crustacean group Remipedia is described in
detail for the first time under various aspects. Applying a
molecular approach, we can clearly prove the species identity
of the larvae as belonging to Pleomothra apletocheles. We
document the cellular level of several larval stages and the
differentiation of segments, limbs, and the general body
morphology applying the techniques of confocal laser
scanning microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. In
addition, we document the swimming behavior and the
peculiar movements of the naupliar appendages. A compar-
ison of our results with published data on other Crustacea


Source: Alwes, Frederike - Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University


Collections: Biology and Medicine