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Free Content Notes and Bibliography on the Larvae of Xanthid Crabs, with a Key to the Known Xanthid Zoeas of the Western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

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The known xanthid crab zoeas can be assigned to six groups, based primarily upon morphology of the antennal exopod. A brief description of each group is given, and a table listing all known zoeas in each group is presented. The abbreviated number of zoeal stages in some xanthid species seems not attributable solely to restricted environments; however, no alternative reason for abbreviated development in xanthids is known. A key is given for identification of 22 xanthid zoeas in the western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico for which descriptions are available, and a bibliography of all known descriptions of xanthid larvae is included.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1984

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