The Success of Terrestrial Arthropods



The Arthropoda and the vertebrates are usually regarded as the two most successful taxa so far to have evolved but, before we turn to consider the success of the terrestrial arthropods, the group with which this book is concerned, we should perhaps consider what is meant by successful. The marine crustacean Calanus finmarchicus has possibly the greatest biomass of any animal species, because it is adapted to planktonic life throughout the oceans of the world. It might, therefore, be regarded as more successful than Thermocyclops schuurmanni, which exists in the anoxic lower waters of a few small volcanic crater lakes in werstern Uganda — if we take biomass as the criterion of success. But is Calanus really more successful, or does it merely inhabit a larger environment?


Maxillary Palp Labial Palp Ghostly Image Terrestrial Arthropod Food Canal 
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Further Reading

  1. Askew RR (1971) Parasitic insects. Heinemann Educational Books, London EdinburghGoogle Scholar
  2. Chapman RF (1969) The insects. Structure and function. English Universities Press, LondonGoogle Scholar
  3. Hadley NF (1986) The arthropod cuticle. Sci Amer 254(7):104–112CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Richards OW, Davies RG (1977) Imms’ general textbook of entomology, 10th edn (2 vols). Chapman and Hall, London; John Wiley, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  5. Wigglesworth VB (1984) The principles of insect physiology, 8th edn. Chapman and Hall, LondonGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology (Medawar Building), University CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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