Table 6

Diversity of developmental parameters observed in the eight studied species

Element

Larval shapes

Allometric patterns

Rates of development

Lengths of ontogenetic trajectories


Neurocranium

8

7

2

4

Susp. & opercle

8

7

3

3

Mandible

8

7

3

2

Premaxilla

8

8

4

1


The figures represent the diversity of studied allometric parameters (i.e. larval shapes, allometric trajectories, rates of shape changes and lengths of allometric trajectory) among damselfishes. As eight damselfish species were studied, 8 is a maximum stating that each species has a specific developmental parameter.

Frédérich and Vandewalle BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:82   doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-82

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