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dc.contributor.authorPalero, Ferran-
dc.contributor.authorAbelló, Pere-
dc.identifier.citationZootaxa 1508: 49–59 (2007)en_US
dc.identifier.issn1175-5326 (Print)-
dc.identifier.issn1175-5334 (Online)-
dc.description11 pages, 7 figures, 1 tableen_US
dc.description.abstractThe external morphology of the first phyllosoma larva of the spiny lobster Palinurus mauritanicus is described based on hatched larvae, and compared with those described in other Palinurids. This constitutes the first scanning electron microscopy description of a phyllosoma of the genus Palinurus and the first complete description of a phyllosoma stage of P. mauritanicus. The first phyllosoma larva of P. mauritanicus hatches in a very advanced stage, compared to other palinurid genera, which would allow it to stay in the plankton for a shorter period of time. We cannot point out any major morphological differences from the congeneric species Palinurus elephas, co-occurring in most of its distribution area. The first phyllosoma larva of P. mauritanicus can be differentiated from those described for the genus Panulirus as well as from those of Scyllarus and Scyllarides widely co-occurring in the distribution area of P. mauritanicus, by the pereiopods 4 and 5 being already present as small buds and by the long, non-setose exopod on pereiopod 3. The morphology and differential position of the chromatophores of the living animal are also described.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThanks are due to Mrs. Judith Gironés, who kindly allowed us to keep berried lobsters at “La Casa de les Llagostes” in Arenys de Mar. We wish to thank Dr. Jacques Maigret for sending reprints of his work. We also thank José Manuel Fortuño for his technical advice, and Dr. Guillermo Guerao for his valuable comments on the manuscript.en_US
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dc.publisherMagnolia Pressen_US
dc.subjectSpiny lobsteren_US
dc.titleThe first phyllosoma stage of Palinurus mauritanicus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Palinuridae)en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer revieweden_US
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