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Free Content The Glaucothoes of Petrochirus Diogenes (L.) and Two Species of Dardanus (Decapoda: Diogenidae)

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The post-zoeal stages of three hermit crabs, Dardanus scutellatus of the Pacific and two west Indian forms, D. insignis and Petrochirus diogenes, were identified and described in detail. Characters of specific and generic significance were discussed. Glaucothoes of P. diogenes and several species of Dardanus are similar in all features distinguishing them from described glaucothoes of other genera. Differences between the post-zoeal stages of P. diogenes and Dardanus ssp. are no greater than differences among species of Dardanus.

A plot of size vs number of telson setae for four species suggests that morphologically similar glaucothoes may be differentiated by this or similar means.

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Publication date: January 1, 1963

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