Definitions

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  • n. A larval crustacean in a stage following the nauplius, having about seven pairs of appendages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A larval crustacean in a stage following the nauplius, and having about seven pairs of appendages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A later stage in the development of some crustaceans, after the first nauplius form, and before the zoëa stage is reached; a crustacean of this later naupliiform character.

Etymologies

meta- +‎ nauplius (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The eggs hatch into nauplius or metanauplius larvae which undergo several moults before reaching maturity.

    Crustacea

  • The eggs are carried in the brood pouch until they hatch into either nauplius or metanauplius larvae.

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  • a crustacean larval stage with seven pairs of appendages

    November 10, 2009