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Larval morphology of Menaethius monoceros(Latreille, 1825) (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura) and a review of the larval characters of Epialtidae

Grant number: 12/20564-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2012
Effective date (End): November 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:William Ricardo Amancio Santana
Grantee:Jéssica Colavite
Home Institution: Pró-Reitoria de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação. Universidade do Sagrado Coração (USC). Bauru , SP, Brazil


In Brachyura, the superfamily Majoidea is represented by a morphologically cohesive group that inhabits almost all regions of the planet. Majoidea is nowadays divided in six families, being the Epialtidae, subfamily Epialtinae, composed by 115 described species, within which only 16 has the larval development described. Menaethius monoceros is a epialtinae crab commonly found in the Indo-Pacific, Tasmanian and Red Sea regions. Two previous works have partially described this species; however, these descriptions have flaws and lack information on several appendages. Thus, it is necessary the complete and detailed description of the larval morphology of M. monoceros. The aims of the work are: (i) describe in detail all larval stages of Menaethius monoceros (Latreille, 1825) and compare the results with the partial descriptions available; (ii) compare the larval development of Menaethius monoceros with the other Epialtinae species with larval cycle described; (iii) and find characters that could help in the identification of Menaethius monoceros from the other Epialtinae.

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
COLAVITE, JESSICA; SANTANA, WILLIAM; POHLE, GERHARD. Larval development of the spider crab Menaethius monoceros (Latreille, 1825), (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Epialtidae). Journal of Natural History, v. 48, n. 37-38, p. 2273-2292, 2014. Web of Science Citations: 5.

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