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STUDIES ON DECAPOD CRUSTACEA FROM THE INDIAN RIVER REGION OF FLORIDA. XXIII. THE LABORATORY CULTURED ZOEAL STAGES OF THE CORAL GALL-FORMING CRAB TROGLOCARCINUS CORALLICOLA VERRILL, 1908 (BRACHYURA: HAPALOCARCINIDAE) AND ITS FAMILIAL POSITION

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ABSTRACT The first 5 zoeal stages of the brachyuran, coral-inhabiting, gall-forming crab Troglocarcinus corallicola Verrill, 1908, are described and illustrated. Based on the sequential appearance of morphological characters, this species passes through at least 5, and perhaps 6 or 7 larval stages before metamorphosing to megalopa. The zoeae can be easily recognized in the plankton by a combination of lateral aliform expansions on the fourth, and a distinct dorsal caplike process on the second abdominal somite. The number of abdominal somites (5) remains constant throughout the first 5 (and probably subsequent) zoeal stages. Evidence from larval morphology supports the contention based on adult characters, that the Hapalocarcinidae are closely related to the Pinnotheridae, as well as having close affinities to the Hymenosomatidae and Leucosiidae.

Affiliations: 1: Smithsonian Institution, Fort Pierce Bureau, Ft. Pierce, Florida 33450.

10.1163/1937240X81X00320
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