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Description of the first larval stage of Pontonia simplex (Decapoda, Caridea, Palaemonidae) from the eastern tropical Pacific

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The first stage of Pontonia simplex Holthuis, 1951 collected on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico, is described and compared with that of P. pinnophylax (Otto, 1821) and Ascidonia flavomaculata (Heller, 1864).

Affiliations: 1: 1Departamento de Ecología, CUCBA-Universidad de Guadalajara, Carretera a Nogales km. 15.5, Las Agujas, Nextipac, 45110 Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; 2: 2Laboratorio de Invertebrados Bentónicos, Unidad Académica Mazatlán, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 82000 Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico


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