- Research Grants
|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|
|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.