|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2006|
|Journal:||LIFE & ENVIRONMENT|
|Keywords:||Cephalopods, Cuttlefish, Disparity, Evolutionary Biology, morphometrics, Taxonomy|
Cuttlefishes exhibit several hard structures that have been characterised using morphometric analysis. Most of these data come from cuttlebones, although statoliths and beaks are also used. It appears that morphometric techniques are mainly used for taxonomic purposes. However, some analyses have emphasised functional morphology and macroevolution. Morphological features (including the inner shell) of cuttlefishes and their availability for study (numerous specimens, culture in the laboratory) make them a first rank model for numerous studies in life sciences that require morphometrics, and especially in the field of evolutionary biology.