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(G. Edwards, 1771)

Zoea [no illustration available]
¥ Number of stages in the zoeal phase: 5.
¥ Morphological characters of first zoea [Table 5 First zoeae of Dromiidae]:
Carapace without dorsal projection, but with spine on each posterolateral corner.
Abdominal somites without dorsal projections or spines.
Antennule with six aesthetascs.
Third maxilliped (mxp3) endopod with one denticulate and one simple seta.

Megalopa [no illustration available]
¥ Number of stages in the megalopal phase: 1.
¥ Morphological characters of megalopa [Table 15 Mgp Dromiidae Latreilliidae Calappidae Leucosiidae]:
Carapace with spines.
Maxillule (mx1) endopod setation: 0, 2, 4.
Maxilla (mx2) endopod setation: 6.
Second maxilliped (mxp2) exopod setation: 1, 3, 7.
Third maxilliped (mxp3) exopod setation: 10, 2.

Larval stages described by Laughlin et al., 1982.

Geographical distribution of adult
Occidental Atlantic: Bermuda, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, The West Indies, northern South America and Brazil (Pernambuco to So Paulo).

Depth range of adult
Sublittoral zone - 360 m.

Dromia erythropus