Definitions for: Zoea






Webster (1913) Definition: Zo"["e]*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? life.] (Zo["o]l.)
A peculiar larval stage of certain decapod Crustacea,
especially of crabs and certain Anomura. [Written also
zo[ae]a.]

Note: In this stage the anterior part of the body is
relatively large, and usually bears three or four long
spines. The years are conspicuous, and the antenn[ae]
and jaws are long, fringed organs used in swimming. The
thoracic legs are undeveloped or rudimentary, the
abdomen long, slender, and often without appendages.
The zo["e]a, after casting its shell, changes to a
megalops.

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