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STUDIES ON DECAPOD CRUSTACEA FROM THE INDIAN RIVER REGION OF FLORIDA. XX. MICROPANOPE BARBADENSIS (RATHBUN, 1921): THE COMPLETE LARVAL DEVELOPMENT UNDER LABORATORY CONDITIONS (BRACHYURA, XANTHIDAE)

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ABSTRACT The complete larval development of Micropanope barbadensis (Rathbun, 1921), a small, western Atlantic, coral-inhabiting xanthid crab, is described and illustrated based on larvae reared in the laboratory. The species passed through 3 or 4 zoeal and one megalopal stage over a 24-32 day period at 20°C. At 15 and 25°C the larvae did not survive beyond the first or second stage, respectively. The duration of abbreviated and normal development periods is discussed. Zoeae of Micropanope barbadensis exhibit an antennal exopod:protopod ratio intermediate in length and are therefore not assignable to any of the four categories delineated by Aikawa. A fifth category, Group E, is proposed. Criteria used to distinguish larvae of the genus Micropanope from other xanthid genera, as well as the taxonomic position of M. barbadensis, are considered. This is the first species in the genus Micropanope sensu lato for which the complete larval development in the laboratory has been obtained.

Affiliations: 1: (RHG) Smithsonian Institution, Ft. Pierce Bureau, Ft. Pierce, Florida 33450; (CLVD) Harbor Branch Foundation, Inc., Ft. Pierce, Florida 33450; (KAW) Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

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2016-12-03

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