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Free Content Larval Stages of the Crab, Pilumnus Dasypodus Kingsley (Crustacea, Brachyura, Xanthidae), Obtained in the Laboratory

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Larvae of Pilumnus dasypodus were reared in the laboratory under constant light at 28°C in artificial sea water of 35‰ salinity. The larvae were fed nauplii of Artemia. The four zoeal stages and megalopa obtained are described and illustrated in detail. The zoeae differ from most other xanthid larvae of the region in having the antennal exopodite well developed instead of rudimentary. Also, zoeae of P. dasypodus differ from those of P. sayi in having lateral knobs or hooks only on abdominal somites 2 and 3. The megalopa of P. dasypodus closely resembles that of P. sayi.

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Publication date: 1974-06-01

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