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(Herbst, 1801)

Zoea [no illustration available]
¥ Number of stages in the zoeal phase: 2.
¥ Morphological characters of first zoea [Table 6 First zoeae of Majidae]:
Carapace with one rostral and one dorsal spine; six posterolateral setae present.
Abdominal somite 2 with, and somite 3 without, dorsolateral projections.
Abdominal somites 3 and 4 with postero-lateral processes.
Number of marginal and apical setae on scaphognathite: 12 and 1.

Megalopa [Mithraculus coryphe]
¥ Number of stages in the megalopal phase: 1.
¥ Morphological characters of megalopa [Table 17 Mgp Majidae Parthenopidae]:
Rostrum directed anteriorly.
Carapace with protuberances.
Maxillule (mx1) endopod setation: 0.
Maxilla (mx2) endopod setation: 0.
First maxilliped (mxp1) epipod setation: 6/7.
Third maxilliped (mxp3) epipod setation: 2/8.

Larval stages described by Scotto and Gore, 1980.

Geographical distribution of adult
Occidental Atlantic: Florida, Gulf of Mexico, The West Indies, northern South America and Brazil (Ceará to So Paulo; Fernando de Noronha).

Depth range of adult
Intertidal zone - 60 m.

Mithraculus coryphe