Porcelain Crab Zoea stage

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Porcelain Crab Zoea stage

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This is the the planktonic Zoea larval stage in the development of the Porcelain crab - Pisidia longicornis. It's just over 7mm from tip to tip.
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Pisidia longicornis Zoea
Pisidia longicornis Zoea
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Re: Porcelain Crab Zoea stage

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Incredible! I like how clean it is.

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Re: Porcelain Crab Zoea stage

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They are definitely rather bizarre looking, at least it’s only one stage of the larval development that they have this inbuilt social-distancing feature. I can only assume it protects them from predators but they do have an issue turning around in confined spaces.

Dave

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