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(Fabricius, 1787)

Zoea [Ocypode quadrata 1]
¥ Number of stages in the zoeal phase: 5.
¥ Morphological characters of first zoea only described at generic level [Table 10 First zoeae of Ocypodidae]:
Carapace with lateral spine.
Antennal exopod with 2 setae

Megalopa [Ocypode quadrata]
¥ Number of stages in the megalopal phase: 1.
¥ Morphological characters of megalopa [Table 19 Mgp Pinnotheridae Grapsidae Gecarcinidae Ocypodidae]:
Rostrum deflected ventrally.
Carapace smooth.
Maxillule (mx1) endopod setation: 3.
Maxilla (mx2) endopod setation: 7.
First maxilliped (mxp1) epipod setation: ca. 20.
Third maxilliped (mxp3) epipod setation: ca. 54.

Larval stages described by Díaz and Costlow, 1972.

Geographical distribution of adult
Occidental Atlantic: Florida, Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico, Central America, The West Indies, northern South America, Guianas and Brazil (Fernando de Noronha, Pará to Rio Grande do Sul).

Depth range of adult
Intertidal zone.

Ocypode quadrata