Understanding Evolution

Habitat and distribution

Throughout their evolution, arthropods have invaded new geographic areas and habitats. Click the magnifying glasses on the map to see some examples of arthropod variety.

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Melophorus ants photo provided by Barbara Muser and Ken Cheng; Gammarus wilkitzkii photo provided by Rolf Gradinger, from NOAA Ocean Explorer; Scolopendra gigantea photo provided by Daniel Read; Wingless fly photo © Genny Anderson; Jumping spider photo provided by Wayne Maddison; Crab photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce

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