The interplay between habitat use, morphology and locomotion in subterranean crustaceans of the genus Niphargus

Simona Kralj-Fišer, Žiga Fišer, Ester Premate, Teja Vovk, Gabor Herczeg, Gergely Balázs, Denis Copilas-Ciocianu, Teo Delić & Cene Fišer
Locomotion is an important, fitness-related functional trait. Environment selects for type of locomotion and shapes the morphology of locomotion-related traits such as body size and appendages. In subterranean aquatic arthropods, these traits are subjected to multiple, at times opposing selection pressures. Darkness selects for enhanced mechano- and chemosensory systems and hence elongation of appendages. Conversely, water currents have been shown to favor short appendages. However, no study has addressed the variation in locomotion of invertebrates...
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