Studies on the larval development of northeastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Procellanidae (Decapoda, Anomura). I — Redescription of the larval stages ofPorcellana platycheles (Pennant, 1777) reared under laboratory conditions
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SourceHelgoländer Meeresuntersuchungen, 51:517-531. (1996)
The complete larval development is described forPorcellana platycheles (Pennant) reared under laboratory conditions. The development consists of two zoeal stages and one megalopa. At 20°C and 35‰ salinity, the megalopa appeared 17–18 days after hatching. Survival was 56% from hatching to the megalopa stage. The morphological features of the zoeal and megalopa stages ofP. platycheles are compared with those of other species ofPorcellana, and a key of the known zoeal stages of the genus is given.