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The larval development of Pilumnoides hassleri (Decapoda: Brachyura: Pilumnoididae) reared in the laboratory, with a review of pilumnoidid systematics using larval characters
Tomás A. Luppi, Nahuel Farías and Eduardo D. Spivak

The genus Pilumnoides is an interesting taxon because its systematic position, based on adult characters, remains unclear. These xanthoid crabs have been related to the Carpiliidae, Goneplacidae and Eriphioidea. P. hassleri A. Milne Edwards, 1880 lives in Brazilian, Uruguayan and Argentinian coasts as far south as the Magellan Strait (southwestern Atlantic). Larvae of P. hassleri from females collected in the harbour of Mar del Plata were reared in the laboratory from zoea I to megalopa and the first larval stage, and described. The species passed through 5 zoeal stages and a megalopa. Larval characters were compared with the previous description of larvae from the southeastern Pacific species P. perlatus and with species of Carpilius, Goneplax and Eriphia in order to review the relationships between these taxa.

Keywords: Pilumnoides hassleri, larval development, zoea, megalopa, Pilumnoides, Argentina.
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