(A. Milne Edwards, 1867)
Zoea [Charybdis hellerii]
¥ Number of stages in the zoeal phase: 6.
¥ Morphological characters of first zoea [Table 13 First zoeae of Portunidae]:
Abdominal somites 3-5 with prominent lateral spines overlaping the adjacent somite (applies not for the first stage but zoeal stages 2-6).
Telson-furcal spines: 1 lateral, 1 dorsal.
Antennule with 3 aesthetascs and 1 simple seta.
First maxilliped (mxp1) endopod setation: 3(2), 2, 0, 2(3), 5(6).
Megalopa [no illustration available]
¥ Number of stages in the megalopal phase: 1, however, incompletely described.
Morphological characters of megalopa not further described.
Larval stages described by Negreiros-Fransozo, 1996; Dineen et al., 2001.
Geographical distribution of adult
Occidental Atlantic: eastern Florida, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil (So Paulo)
Oriental Atlantic: Eastern Mediterranean: Israel and Egypt
Indo Pacific: Japan, Philippines, New Caledonia, Autstralia, Hawaii, and throughout the Indian Ocean, including the Red Sea.
Depth range of adult
Intertidal zone - 51 m.