Zoea



any of the free-swimming larva of certain crustaceans, as the crab, having rudimentary legs and a spiny carapace.
Historical Examples

As an illustration of this metamorphosis, we give figures of the zoea Taurus in two states, viz., Fig.
The Ocean World: Louis Figuier

It was called a zoea; but you can call it a Crab caterpillar or larva.
On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith

The maggot is the larva of the fly, and the zoea is the larva of the Crab.
On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith

With crowds of its brothers and sisters, the zoea kicks about on the surface of the sea.
On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith

You ask about the skipping of the zoea stage in fresh-water decapods: is this an illustration of acceleration?
More Letters of Charles Darwin Charles Darwin

noun (pl) zoeae, zoaeae (zəʊˈiːiː) zoeas, zoaeas
the free-swimming larva of a crab or related crustacean, which has well-developed abdominal appendages and may bear one or more spines

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