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Free Content Biological Results of the University of Miami Deep-Sea Expeditions. 131.

Larval Development of the Scyllarid Lobster Scyllarus Planorbis Holthuis Reared in the Laboratory

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During investigations on the larval development of western Atlantic scyllarid lobsters, larvae of the sand lobster Scyllarus planorbis Holthuis were hatched in the laboratory and were reared to the eighth instar, which attained the final (gilled) phyllosoma stage of development. The sequence of larval instars is described and illustrated. The length of larval life is estimated to be about 8 weeks at water temperatures near 25°C. Phyllosomas of this species in all instars can be distinguished from those of the western Atlantic species S. americanus and S. depressus, but closely resemble those of S. chacei.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 1979

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