Marine Biology

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 120–131 | Cite as

Larval development of Ocypode quadrata (Brachyura: Crustacea) under laboratory conditions

  • H. Diaz
  • J. D. Costlow


The larvae of Ocypode quadrata (Fabricius) have been reared in the laboratory, from hatching to megalopa stage, at 35‰ S, 25°C. The five zoeal stages and the megalopa are described, including functional appendages of each stage. On the basis of morphological characteristics, the first zoeal and megalopa stages of O. quadrata can be distinguished from similar stages of closely related Ocypodinae. At 25°C, the megalopa appeared in a minimum of 34 days following hatching.


Morphological Characteristic Laboratory Condition Larval Development Similar Stage Zoeal Stage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Diaz
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. D. Costlow
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Duke University Marine LaboratoryBeaufortUSA
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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