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- noun zoology A
larvalstage of development in crustaceans, especially decapodssuch as crabs, characterized by spines on the carapaceand rudimentary thoracicand abdominal limbs.
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_Peneus_ with its long direct development gave the best and truest picture of the ancestral history of the Malacostraca, and that accordingly the nauplius and the zoaea larvæ represented important ancestral stages.