Sand Crab – Emerita talpoida (late zoea)

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Atlantic Sand Crab – Emerita talpoida (late zoea)

Collected: ~ 4 km offshore from Assateague Island, VA. Summer 2005. Collected using an epibenthic sled.

Notes: This is the fifth or sixth zoeal larva of the Atlantic sand crab. It is markedly different than the first stage, also in this photo gallery.

Length from back of the carapace to the tip of the rostrum is 4-5 mm

Emerita z2 or 3 telson bigTelson has a distinctive shape and spination pattern that is similar for all zoeal stages of Emerita.

Collected by: W. S. Johnson