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The larval development of the poisonous mosaic crab, Lophozozymus pictor (Fabricius, 1798) (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Xanthidae, Zosiminae), with comments on familial characters for first stage zoeas

Paul F. CLARK & Peter K. L. NG

en Zoosystema 20 (2) - Pages 201-220

Published on 13 July 1998

This article is a part of the thematic issue Papers in honour of Alain Crosnier

The four zoeal stages and megalopal phase of the xanthid crab Lophozozymus pictor (Fabricius, 1798) are described and fully illustrated. A comparison between the zoeal stages of L. pictor and Atergatis reticulatus is tabulated. Characters selected from larvae representing six subfamilies, which may define first stage Xanthidae MacLeay, 1838 (sensu Serène, 1984) zoea, are listed. The first stage zoeal appendages of Palapedia valentini Ng, 1993, considered to be diagnostic of a new Xanthidae subfamily Kraussiinae Ng, 1993, are reappraised and the chaetotaxy of the antennal exopod as a diagnostic character of the Xanthidae MacLeay, 1838 (sensu Serène, 1984), is discussed.

Keywords :

Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Xanthidae, first stage zoea, familial diagnostic characters, Lophozozymus, Palapedia.

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