The present information is based on the study of the
zoeal stages of Hexapus sexpes. A single ovigerous female of Hexapus
sexpes was collected from the North West Persian Gulf (29°56'14"S,49°0288"W)
in April 2009. Female was maintained in aquarium containing natural sea
water at 25°C until the eggs hatched. The present study describes
the zoeal stages of Hexapus sexpes. A complete description and
illustration of larval features is provided and a comparison with closely
related species (Spiroplax spiralis and Lambdophallus anfractus)
showing known larval development is presented. The zoeal stages of H.
sexpes are very similar to that of L. anfractus. The zoeal
of two species, however, could separate by the number of setae on the
maxillule and maxilla.
N. Sakhaie, A. Savari, P. Kochanian, S.M.B. Nabavi and J.G. Marammazy, 2009. Morphology of the Zoeal Stages of Hexapus sexpes Fabricius, 1798 (Decapoda, Brachyura, Hexapodidae) Reared in the Laboratory. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 12: 1260-1265.