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, in Roman religion, vampirelike ghosts of the dead; also called larvae. To exorcise these malevolent spirits from the home, the Romans held rites, the Lemuria (May 9, 11, 13).
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or lemures, in Roman religion; the ghosts of those who died prematurely or violently. Larvae returned to earth to haunt and harm the living. In order to propitiate them, Romans celebrated Lemuria, holidays held on May 9, 11, and 13. The word “larva” entered medieval demonology as a term for “apparition” or “specter.”

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Robert and Gerard (1999) report that to improve techniques of mollusc larviculture, it is important to develop systems with a continuous supply of food in the cultivation of larvae and post larvae, as this is one of the most promising methods.
Our objectives were to document important parameters of reproduction and characteristics of early life history including water temperature range during spawning; egg size and development; egg viability; and the development, growth, and survival of larvae.