Laboratory reared larval stages of the mangrove grapsid crab Metopograpsus maculatus H. Milne Edwards

K. Pasupathi, T. Kannupandi


Larval development of Metopograpsus maculatus under laboratory conditions is described. Five zoeal stages and a megalopa stage appeared at salinity 30 ppt and temperature 29-32 degrees C Larval characters are compared with other known Indian species viz Metopograpsus messor and M. latifrons


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