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Free Content Studies on Development of Stomatopod Crustacea II. The Later Larval Stages of Gonodactylus Oerstedii Hansen Reared in the Laboratory

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Larvae of the West Indian stomatopod Gonodactylus oerstedii Hansen obtained from eggs hatched in the laboratory were reared to metamorphosis, apparently the first successful rearing of all larval stages from the egg for any species of stomatopod. Gonodactylus oerstedii has three propelagic and four pelagic instars preceding the molt to postlarva. The three propelagic stages and the first pelagic stage were described in an earlier paper; the present work contains descriptions of the remaining larval stages and the postlarva. Approximately 35 days are required at 25°C from hatching to postlarva. Although hatching will occur at 20°C, none of our larvae survived beyond the second pelagic stage at that temperature. An updated list of stomatopod taxa for which larvae are definitely known, either through hatching of eggs or through metamorphosis of captured larvae, is presented.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1978

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