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ABSTRACT The first known larval stage of a species of the crab family Homolodromiidae is described from advanced embryos of a preserved Dicranodromia felderi Martin. The larvae are in some ways similar to those few larvae known for the other two dromiacean families, Dromiidae and Dynomenidae, and therefore are similar to anomuran and thalassinidean larvae in general, but differ in lacking a hairlike second telson process. The larvae are embryologically advanced in that the pereiopods and maxillipeds are well developed and the abdomen has large pleopods on somites 2 through 5. Despite this apparently advanced developmental state at eclosion, the larvae do not possess uropods, a marked difference between them and all other known latestage larvae of the Dromiacea, perhaps slightly closing the gap between anomuran and brachyuran larval morphology.


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