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Free Content Organogenesis, Development, and Metamorphosis in the Queen Conch, Strombus Gigas, with Notes on Breeding Habits

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Laboratory conditions under which the veligers of Strombus gigas were reared are defined. Spawning beds, egg mass formation, and the morphology of the egg capsule thread are described. The developmental description begins with the evagination of the shell gland and extends through 60 days of planktotrophic veliger development. Factors affecting metamorphosis of the swim-crawl stage are discussed and related to the early planktotrophic veliger. The difficulties in systematic separation of veliger species are discussed and compared to the morphologic stages of the veliger of Strombus.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1965

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