Hinsch, Gertrude W. Department of Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Preliminaries to fertilization
- Blastula stage
- Gastrula stage
- Mesoderm formation
- Later development
- Molluscan Development
- Blastula stage
- Trochophore stage
- Veliger stage
- Sea Urchin Development
- Pluteus stage
- Tunicate Development
- Tadpole stage
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The study of the development or morphogenesis and growth of the invertebrates. The same general principles of development apply to the invertebrates as do to the vertebrates. Actually, much of the basic knowledge of embryology has been the result of studies on the invertebrates. A common phenomenon in the invertebrates is the release of a free and independent form, the larva, before development is completed. The larvae vary considerably and are characteristic of the different animal groups.
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