Zoeae



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

This is well seen in the nauplius of many Cirripedia (fig. 15) and in nearly all zoeae.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 7 Various

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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