Developmental plasticity in Macrophiothrix brittlestars: are morphologically convergent larvae also convergently plastic?

@article{Podolsky2005DevelopmentalPI,
  title={Developmental plasticity in Macrophiothrix brittlestars: are morphologically convergent larvae also convergently plastic?},
  author={Robert D. Podolsky and Justin S. Mcalister},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={2005},
  volume={209 2},
  pages={
          127-38
        }
}
The pluteus larval forms of sea urchins (echinoids) and brittlestars (ophiuroids) use an internal skeleton to project arms that bear a long ciliated band used in swimming and feeding. The length of this ciliated band influences rates of maximum food clearance for larvae of both echinoderm classes and affects rates of growth and development in the plankton. Phylogenetic and morphological evidence, however, tend to support the view that the pluteus morphologies of the two classes are… CONTINUE READING

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