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Functional Morphology and Diversity$
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Les Watling and Martin Thiel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398038

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195398038.001.0001

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Comments on Crustacean Biodiversity and Disparity of Body Plans

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Functional Morphology and Diversity

Frederick R. Schram

Oxford University Press

The science of natural history is built on twin pillars: cataloging the species found in nature, and reflecting on the variety and function of body plans into which these species fit. We often use two terms, diversity and disparity, in this connection, but these terms are frequently used interchangeably and thus repeatedly confused in contemporary discourse about issues of function and form. Nevertheless, diversity and disparity are distinct issues and must be treated as such; each influences our views of the evolution and morphology of crustaceans

Keywords:   crustacean diversity, crustaceans, body plans, Crustacea, arthropods, crustaceomorphs, morphology, disparity

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