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Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae$
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Tyler Carrier, Adam Reitzel, and Andreas Heyland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786962.001.0001

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Section 2 Summary—Functional Morphology and Ecology of Larval Forms

Section 2 Summary—Functional Morphology and Ecology of Larval Forms

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Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae
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Tyler J. Carrier, Adam M. Reitzel, Andreas Heyland
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786962.003.0010

Larvae are intermediate life history stages between embryos and juvenile and/or reproductive stages, but this characteristic is about the only feature that unites the incredible diversity of larval forms. The majority of larval forms evolved in the sea and exhibit tremendous morphological, physiological, and molecular variation, many of which are potential adaptations to match form and function in the context of the aquatic environment. The three chapters in this section review how larvae from different taxonomic groups sort through and ingest exogenous nutrients and how environmental variation elicits morphological variation....

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