Arthropod Biology:
Revision Notes

Compiled as a final-year zoology student at the University of Edinburgh, based on the information given in lectures.

Characteristics of the phylum Arthropoda


Major groups of arthropods


Patterns in arthropod diversity


Hormones, moulting and metamorphosis

(Nijhout 1994, Insect hormones)



The ability to develop in different ways depending upon the conditions experienced during development...


The cuticle


Nutrition, growth and body size

(Nijhout 2003, Stern 2003)


Butterfly wing patterns


Compound eyes


Endothermy and temperature regulation

(Heinrich 1993, The hot blooded insects)


The origin of arthropods

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© Andrew Gray, 2004