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(Herbst, 1794)

¥ Number of stages in the zoeal phase: 1+.
¥ Morphological characters of first zoea [Table 11 First zoeae of Xanthidae]:
Carapace without medio-dorsal knob.
Carapace with lateral spines.
Abdominal somites 3-5 with a sharp postero-lateral process.
Antenna type B (type B).
Maxillule endopod setation: 1, 6.
Maxillule scaphognatite with 4 plumose seate.
Maxillliped 1 basis and endopod setation: 10; 3, 2, 1, 2, 5.
Maxillliped 2 basis and endopod setation: 4; 1, 1, 5.
Furcae of telson with smooth surface.
Furcae of telson with 1 dorsal, 2 outer and no inner spines.

Morphological characters of megalopa not described.

Larval stage described by Fransozo et al., 2001.

Geographical distribution of adult
Occidental Atlantic: Bermuda, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, The West Indies, Venezuela and Brazil (Fernando de Noronha, Trindade Island and Rio Grande do Norte to Rio de Janeiro).

Depth range of adult
5-15 m.

Platypodiella spectabilis