Arthropods, 2022, 11(2): 97-119
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Taxonomical study of laboratory reared first to eight zoeal stages of Lysmata vittata (Stimpson, 1860) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Hippolytidae)

Farhana S. Ghory, Quddusi B. Kazmi
Marine Reference Collection and Resource Centre, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan

Received 15 December 2021;Accepted 20 January 2022;Published 1 June 2022

The larvae of Hippolytidae show such diversity that it is impossible to frame any definition which will distinguish them as a whole from other Caridea (Gurney, 1942). The present information is based on the morpho-taxonomic study of the zoeal stages of Lysmata vittata (Stimpson, 1860). The ovigerous females of L. vittata was collected from Buleji. Larvae were hatched at room temperature 23-25oC, in filtered seawater of a salinity of 40-37 ppt and pH 7.8. Eight zoeal stages of L. vittata are described along with their illustrations, and compared with the available descriptions of its congener's larvae given earlier.

Keywords Decapoda;Hippolytidae;taxonomic study;Lysmata vittata, Pakistan.

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