oa African Zoology - Larval development of Sesarma catenata Ortmann (Brachyura, Grapsidae, Sesarminae) reared in the laboratory

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Sesarma catenata larvae were raised in the laboratory and the development stages descriptionbed in detail. Larval development comprises four zoea and one megalopa stage. Morphological features of the first zoea and megalopa stages of Sesarma catenata are compared with those of other Sesarminae species descriptionbed in the literature. The genera Sesarma, Metasesarma, and Bresedium appear to be closely related taxa within the subfamily. The diagnostic value of some features of larval morphology is briefly discussed.

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