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GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE PORTUNID CRAB CALLINECTES ARCUATUS ORDWAY: ZOEAE, MEGALOPAE, AND JUVENILES

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ABSTRACT Larvae of the blue crab Callinectes arcuatus were reared in the laboratory through eight zoeal and one megalopal stage. The number of maxilliped setae characterizing each zoeal stage was identical to that for Callinectes sapidus. Survival and rate of development of the zoeae and megalopae was high compared to published results for C. sapidus. Mean duration of development of C. arcuatus from hatching to Crab Stage 1 was 69.3 days and survival was 16.2%. Megalopae surviving to Crab Stage 1 were reared to Crab Stage 7. Linear increments in carapace width were measured at each molt, and the total time of development from Crab Stage 1 to maturity was calculated to be 301 days.

Affiliations: 1: (AID) Centro de Investigacion en Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Pedro de Montes de Oca, San Jose, Costa Rica; 2: (CEE) College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware, Lewes, Delaware 19958.

10.1163/1937240X84X00255
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2017-08-18

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