Larvae of the predatory crustacean Squilla empusa were collected from the plankton in Chesapeake Bay and reared in the laboratory to permit description of the pelagic stages before the postlarval stage.
Characters such as rostral length and spinulation, carapace spinulation, relative size of telson, overall body size, and appearance probably are of more value for specific than for generic identification. The presence or absence of teeth on the dactylus of the second maxilliped, the presence or absence of a spine on the basis of the second maxilliped, and the number of epipods may be useful characters in determining generic alliances of larvae belonging to the Squillidae, but present data are not adequate for construction of generic keys to stomatopod larvae
Original Publication Citation
Morgan, S. G., & Provenzano, A. J. (1979). Development of pelagic larvae and postlarva of Squilla empusa (crustacea, stomapoda), with an assessment of larval characters within the squillidae. Fishery Bulletin, 77(1), 61-90.
Morgan, Steven G. and Provenzano, Anthony J. Jr., "Development of Pelagic Larvae and Postlarva of Squilla empusa (Crustacea, Stomatopoda), with an Assessment of Larval Characters within the Squillidae" (1979). OES Faculty Publications. 191.