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Zoological detective stories: the case of the facetotectan crustacean life cycle

Gerhard Scholtz

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Biologie/Vergleichende Zoologie, Philippstrasse 13, 10115 Berlin, Germany

Journal of Biology 2008, 7:16  doi:10.1186/jbiol77

Published: 26 June 2008


The reconstruction of complete animal life cycles is sometimes a considerable problem, even though the knowledge of the full life cycle may have far-reaching evolutionary implications. A new study published in BMC Biology on artificially induced metamorphosis in an enigmatic crustacean group that was only known from larval stages sheds new light on the evolution of parasitism.