Locomotion in Arthropods: An Evolutionary Phantasmagoria

  • Clyde F. HerreidII


Animals move. Movement is a hallmark of their “animalness”. With their muscles, pseudopodia, flagella, and cilia aflutter, they burrow, flit, scamper and undulate through their environment using an amazing assortment of locomotory styles. Nowhere is this diversity better seen than in the arthropods — animals that constitute over 75% of the world’s species. Here among the insects, crustaceans, spiders, centipedes and millipedes, we find the most beguiling array of fliers, swimmers, and pedestrians known to man.


Blue Crab Horseshoe Crab Wing Beat Wing Beat Frequency Locomotor Mechanism 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clyde F. HerreidII
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesState University of New YorkBuffaloUSA

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