Between setae that arise on an exopod
orendopod (within podites), the tips of setules branching from adjacent seta join as a continuous and sinuous strand (of cuticle) running along the midline between setae (Fig.
These species share the female exopod
of leg 5 with two inner and three apical setae, the second endopodal segment of leg 1 with three setae, and the third endopodal segment of legs 2-4 with three, five and four setae, respectively.
The following abbreviations are used in the descriptive section: P1--P6= first to sixth swimming legs, EXP= exopod
, ENP= endopod, aps = apical seta, ins= Inner seta, Fig = Figure, UARC = Universidad del Atlantico Region
5H) protopod quadrangular; endopod much longer than exopod
, both with very long apical setae.
In the Texas specimens, however, the exopod
of pleopod one has a rounded apex as illustrated for M.
The first grapsid zoeae can be distinguished from other grapsid larvae by the reduction of the antennal exopod
to a small seta (Fransozo et al.
Fourth leg bifurcated forming endopod and exopod
(Figure 4(b) ii).
A difference occurs in the length of setae on the exopod
. Bigger setae are present on the exopod
Uropod with broad mmi; exopod
with two small spines at posterolateral angle and with distinct transverse suture; posterolateral projection of protopod terminally blunt.
1G) Endites separated by shallow notch and with multiple setae; bilobed epipod; endopod 4-segmented with 6, 3, 3, 4 setae; exopod
with 14 plumose natatory setae; terminal segment with 3 terminal spines and 1 subterminal spine.