The Arthropoda: A Phylogenetic Framework

  title={The Arthropoda: A Phylogenetic Framework},
  author={Gonzalo Giribet and Gregory D. Edgecombe},
Arthropoda, the best-known member of the clade Ecdysozoa, is a phylum of protostome animals, its closest relatives being Onychophora (velvet worms) and Tardigrada (water bears). Arthropods are not only the largest living phylum in terms of species diversity, with 1,214,295 extant species, including 1,023,559 Hexapoda, 111,937 Chelicerata, 66,914 Crustacea and 11,885 Myriapoda (Zhang 2011), but they have probably been so since the Cambrian. The number of fossil arthropods is even harder to… CONTINUE READING
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