Stefan Richter

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Invertebrate nervous systems are highly disparate between different taxa. This is reflected in the terminology used to describe them, which is very rich and often confusing. Even very general terms such as 'brain', 'nerve', and 'eye' have been used in various ways in the different animal groups, but no consensus on the exact meaning exists. This impedes our(More)
For several decades the relationships within the Branchiopoda (Anostraca + Phyllopoda) have been a matter of controversy. Interpretations of plesiomorphic or apomorphic character states are a difficult venture, in particular in the Phyllopoda. We explore the relationships within the Phyllopoda at the level of nucleotid comparisons of the two genes 12S rDNA(More)
We provide data of the development of thenervous system during the first five larval stages of Triops cancriformis. We use immunohistochemical labeling (against acetylated α-tubulin, serotonin, histamine, and FMRFamide), confocal laser scanning microscopy analysis, and 3D-reconstruction. The development of the nervous system corresponds with the general(More)
External morphological features of Cephalocarida have long been interpreted as plesiomorphic with regard to those of other crustaceans. Based on transmission electron microscopy and light microscopy, however, the brain in the cephalocarid Hutchinsoniella macracantha has been shown to contain a number of structures that are more difficult to interpret in an(More)
In three species of higher crustaceans (Malacostraca) the expression of engrailed has been analysed in relation to the development of the cell division pattern in the germ band. The species differ in the timing of initial en expression. Compared to Cherax destructor and Neomysis integer the onset of en expression in Orchestia cavimana is delayed and appears(More)
Mystacocarida is a species-poor group of minute crustaceans with unclear phylogenetic affinities. Previous studies have highlighted the putative "primitiveness" of several mystacocarid features, including the architecture of the nervous system. Recent studies on arthropod neuroarchitecture have provided a wealth of characters valuable for phylogenetic(More)
Arthropods and in particular crustaceans show a great diversity concerning their limb morphology. This makes the homologization of limbs and their parts and our understanding of evolutionary transformations of these limb types problematical. To address these problems we undertook a comparative study of the limb development of two representatives of(More)
Taxonomy and phylogeny within the branchiopod taxon Spinicaudata are still controversial. We analyzed sequences of three gene fragments (28S rRNA, 16S rRNA and COI) from up to 41 species of the Cyzicidae, Limnadiidae and Leptestheriidae to infer their phylogenetic relationships, focusing in particular on species from Australia and their phylogenetic(More)
The ossicles of the cardiac and pyloric foregut of three species of decapods: Dromia wilsoni [Fulton and Grant, 1902], Dromia personata [Linnè, 1758] and Lauridromia intermedia [Lauri, 1906] are described and illustrated in detail. Five new ossicles are recognized based on a specific staining-method with Alizarin-Red. The ossicle terminology of the(More)