Prof. Labbés Copepod ‘Allomorphs’


PROF. LABBÉ, in the succession of papers in which he has expounded his theory of allelogenesis, claims to have established as a fact that, in the salines of Croisic and in the aquaria of his laboratory, an evolution of Copepoda has been observed, leading through a series of eight stages from Canthocamptus to Cyclops. According to his theory, the eggs laid by one species of Harpacticid may produce ‘allomorphs’ which, according to accepted standards of classification, would be considered to represent distinct genera or even families. If such were indeed the case, and it were possible in seven years to observe the transformation of Canthocamptus into Cyclops, it would indeed be necessary for systematists to abandon their task in despair.

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GURNEY, R. Prof. Labbés Copepod ‘Allomorphs’. Nature 120, 295–296 (1927) doi:10.1038/120295b0

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