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(invertebrate zoology)
An early larval stage of decapod crustaceans distinguished by a relatively large cephalothorax, conspicuous eyes, and large, fringed antennae.



a pelagic larva, one of the developmental stages of decapods. The body consists of a cephalothorax and a segmented abdomen. Only the front thoracic appendages (maxillipeds) and only the hind abdominal appendages (uropods; absent in crab zoea) are developed; the rest are in the embryonic state. The eyes are sessile. The zoea swims with the aid of its maxillipeds. The unique crab zoea have an almost spherical cephalothorax (with long fore, dorsal, and two lateral spines) and narrow abdomen.

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The first zoea of three Pachygrapsus species and of Cataleptodiusfloridanus (Gibbes) from Bermuda and Mediterranean (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura).
A quantity of 20 zoea were then randomly picked and individually pipetted into each of 3 replicate test vessels.
Since even the lowest salinity regime tried in the present study was able to produce crab juveniles from zoea 1 though with a lesser overall survival rate and a comparatively higher developmental period, the larvae of P.
Optimal molting success from stage-1 to stage-2 zoea occurs when larval drift in fresh water is no longer than 1-3 d (Rome et al.
She saw crabs deposit eggs at night and knew the zoea were attracted to lights at night.
When crab eggs hatch, tiny larvae called zoea emerge.
In addition, barnacle cyprids and crab zoea occurred in small numbers.
The Dungeness crab undergo a lengthy PLD (74-163 days) during which they transition through five zoea stages and one megalopae stage before settling to the benthos (Poole 1966, Moloney et al.
High survival of neustonic zoea I larvae of american lobster Homarus americanus following short-term exposure to ultraviolet (280 to 400 nm).
Efecto de periodos de ayuno en el crecimiento de la zoea I de Petrolisthes violaceus (Guerin, 1831) (Decapoda: Anomura: Porcellanidae).
Functional morphology of mouthparts and foregut of the last zoea, glaucothoe and first juvenile of the king crabs Paralithodes camtschaticus, P.