Cuticle: Formation, Moulting and Control

  title={Cuticle: Formation, Moulting and Control},
  author={W. Gnatzy and F. Romer},
  • W. Gnatzy, F. Romer
  • Published 1984
  • Biology
  • The relative rigidity of the arthropod exoskeleton makes it impossible for body size to increase continuously during the postembryonic development of these animals. Once they have hatched from the egg, they grow in steps, passing through a variable number of (larval) stages (Fig. 1 a). Apart from a few exceptions, there are between 3 and 10 such stages in the arachnids, 3–20 in the crustaceans, and 3–10 in the insects. In many cases a metamorphosis stage intervenes (some crustaceans… CONTINUE READING
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