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(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.

Charybdis hellerii