Lepidopa myops


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Point Concecption to Baja California, Mexico
Larvae: planktonic; Adults: benthic
Larvae carapace length: 0.68-1.69 mm. Adults: 7.5-8.6 mm
Useful Facts or Characters: 

There are four zoeal stages and one megalopa stage; they are colorless and translucent except for red chromatophores.  There are large, prominent chromatophores on the telson.

Zoea I-IV are characterized by a long unarmed rostral spine and a pair of posterolateral spines on the carapace.

Natural History: 

Commonly known as another member belonging to the family of burrowing sand crabs.


Knight, M.D. (1970) The larval development of Lepidopa myops Decapoda Albuneidae reared in the laboratory and the zoeal stages of another species of the genus from California and the Pacific coast of Baja-California. Crustaceana (Leiden) 19: 125-156.