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Free Content The Glaucothoë Stage of Dardanus Venosus (H. Milne-Edwards) (Decapoda: Anomura)

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The post-zoeal stage of the hermit crab Dardanus venosus was identified when a planktonic specimen captured in the Florida Straits was held alive in the laboratory for more than a month and moulted to the first crab stage. A description is given of the glaucothoe, based primarily on this specimen but supplemented with other material. Exceptionally large size, an elongate telson and peculiar hooks on the dactyls of the ambulatory legs distinguish this form from described glaucothoes of other genera. Lack of detailed information on other species within the genus hampers comparison and evaluation of characters.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1963

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