Complete larval development of Pyromaia tuberculata (Crustacea: Decapoda: Majoidea: Inachoididae)

  • Oh, Seong-Mi (Department of Biological Sciences, Silla University) ;
  • Ko, Hyun-Sook (Department of Biological Sciences, Silla University)
  • Received : 2010.01.06
  • Published : 2010.06.30


The introduced spider crab Pyromaia tuberculata was collected from Korea in 2005 and it was ovigerous. After hatching, larvae were reared in the laboratory at $20^{\circ}C$. The larval stage of the species consists of two zoeal and one megalopal stages. The larvae of the Korean species differ somewhat from those from New Zealand described by Webber and Wear (1981; N Z J Mar Freshwat Res. 15:331-383) and from Brazil described by Fransozo and Negreiros-Fransozo (1997; Crustaceana. 70:304-323.) in the setal presence of the antennule, the maxillule, the maxilla and the maxillipeds, and the abdomen. It is found that Fransozo and Negreiros-Fransozo have overlooked some setae on the basis of the zoeal maxillipeds and that re-examination of their larvae is needed. Also, it is found that the Inachoididae is heterogeneous based on the zoeal morphology because two distinct groups exist in the family.


Supported by : Korea Research Foundation


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