Sea Spider Development: How the Encysting Anoplodactylus eroticus Matures from a Bouyant Nymph to a Grounded Adult

  title={Sea Spider Development: How the Encysting Anoplodactylus eroticus Matures from a Bouyant Nymph to a Grounded Adult},
  author={Amy Maxmen},
  journal={arXiv: Populations and Evolution},
  • A. Maxmen
  • Published 6 January 2013
  • Biology
  • arXiv: Populations and Evolution
In order to understand how animals evolved over time, biologists must learn how their body parts form during their development. The following is a detailed description of how one species of sea spider transforms from a hatchling to an 8-legged adult. Pycnogonids, or sea spiders, comprise a primitive lineage of arthropods. As such, they hold potential to reveal insights into arthropod evolution. Recent phylogenetic analyses have supported their position as either basal chelicerates or as a… 
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