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Larval Morphology of the Southwestern Atlantic Mud Crab Panopeus Meridionalis (Decapoda: Brachyura: Panopeidae) Described from Laboratory-Reared Material

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Abstract The panopeid mud crab Panopeus meridionalis is known to inhabit the intertidal zone of the estuarine temperate waters of the southwestern Atlantic, from Montevideo, Uruguay, to Mar del Plata, Argentina. The complete larval development of this species is described from laboratory-reared material and compared with known larvae of Panopeus.

Affiliations: 1: (TAL; EDS, corresponding author) Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Casilla de Correos 1245, 7600 Mar del Plata, Argentina; (AR) Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía (CSIC), Polígono de Río San Pedro s/n, Apartado Oficial, 11510 Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain (;;


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