The Chelicerates

  • Robert Lahue


Of approximately 900,000 arthropod species, the subphylum Chelicerata accounts for about 60,000. The absence of jaws and antennae has served as the primary point of distinction between the chelicerates and the remaining arthropod subphylum, the Mandibulata. The invasion of all possible terrestrial habitats has been aided by the chitinous exoskeleton, which protects against desiccation, and by the jointed appendages, which permit rapid locomotion on land. The phylum as a whole, and many species in particular, represents the peak of protostome evolution, especially of the nervous system.


Horseshoe Crab Tuning Fork Abdominal Ganglion Wolf Spider Ventral Cord 
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  • Robert Lahue
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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