Skeletal adaptations for forwards and sideways walking in three species of decapod crustaceans.

@article{VidalGadea2008SkeletalAF,
  title={Skeletal adaptations for forwards and sideways walking in three species of decapod crustaceans.},
  author={Andr{\'e}s Vidal-Gadea and Marc D. Rinehart and Jim H. Belanger},
  journal={Arthropod structure & development},
  year={2008},
  volume={37 2},
  pages={95-108}
}
Crustaceans have been successfully employed to study legged locomotion for decades. Most studies have focused on either forwards-walking macrurans, or sideways-walking brachyurans. Libinia emarginata is a Majoid crab (Brachyura) and as such belongs to the earliest group to have evolved the crab form from homoloid ancestors. Unlike most brachyurans, Libinia walks forwards 80% of the time. We employed standard anatomical techniques and motion analysis to compare the skeleton, stance, and the… CONTINUE READING
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