Send to

Choose Destination
Brain Behav Evol. 1998;52(4-5):186-206.

Crustacean-insect relationships: the use of brain characters to derive phylogeny amongst segmented invertebrates.

Author information

Arizona Research Laboratories, Division of Neurobiology, and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.


Conserved neural characters identified in the brains of a variety of segmented invertebrates and outgroups have been used to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships. The analysis suggests that insects and crustaceans are sister groups and that the 'myriapods' are an artificial construct comprising unrelated chilopods and diplopods. Certain elements of the optic lobes and mid-brain support the notion that insects are more closely related to crustaceans than they are to any other arthropods. However, deep optic neuropils and optic chiasmata are homoplastic in insects and crustaceans. The organization of olfactory pathways suggests that insect olfactory lobes originated late, probably first appearing in orthopteroid or blattoid pterygotes. The present results are discussed with respect to recent studies on early development of arthropod nervous systems and the fossil record.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for S. Karger AG, Basel, Switzerland
Loading ...
Support Center