The zoeae, megalopa and first crab of the mangrove crab Metaplax elegans De Man, cultured in the laboratory

K. Pasupathi, T. Kannupandi


The complete larval development in the laboratory of the crab Metaplax elegans from hatching to first crab stage in described. Five zoeal stages and a megalopa appeared before moulting into first crab stage at the salinity 25 ppt and temperature 29-30 degrees C. All the larval and first crab stages of M. elegans are compared with other known species of the subfamily Sesarminae


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