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ERNST HAECKEL: ART FORMS IN NATURE

COPEPODA: Ruderkrebse (Arthropoda: Copepoda)

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The central creature with its articulated torso, two antennae, and long, feathered appendages looks like a strange totemic figure. It is in fact a sweet-water crustacean, one of thousands, some of which have oar-shaped feet for locomotion (Figure 1). The males of the species are slight in build but compensate for this potential survival liability by being more than usually fertile. The commanding male in the middle has attracted the four chunkier females at his feet.


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