Metamerism or segmentation, Biology

Metamerism oe Segmentation

In the early coelomates the coelom was not divided into segments, the whole body cavity was a single space. Hence body movements were not precise. Though with evolution, coelom became divided into a number of chambers through partitions or septa made up of the mesodermal lining, the peritoneum. This increased the efficiency and precision of body movements, like individual segments could be moved more precisely now, with the same mechanism viz., hydrostatic or hydraulic pressure. As well, each segment came to have a repetition of many other organ systems such as circulatory, excretory, reproductive aid nervous systems. Each body segment is so more or less a repetition of the other and hence redundant; the animal can survive and function generally even if a few segments were lost. This phenomenon of divisions of body into a series of much more or less identical segments each containing a section of approximately all systems, is known as segmentation or metamerism. Each section of the body is termed as a segment or metamere. Metamerism has evolved independently at least two times in the animal kingdom in protostomes (Annelida - Arthropoda) and in Deuterostome (vertebrates).

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