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EXOSKELETAL ABRASION AS AN INDICATOR OF REPRODUCTIVE READINESS IN THE SPIDER CRAB LIBINIA EMARGINATA

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ABSTRACT Patterns of exoskeletal abrasion on the carapace of long-clawed males of the spider crab Libinia emarginata appeared to follow specific sequences throughout the year. The degree of abrasion coincided with the enlargement of the reproductive system and increased levels of methyl farnesoate in the hemolymph. The patterns of abrasion apparently marked the time elapsed since the last molt, and when the abrasion extended beyond the midcarapace, it appeared to indicate increased reproductive readiness.

10.1163/193724096X00450
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2017-08-20

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