Crustacean larvae


Most crustaceans such as crabs, shrimp and even barnacles have a larval stage in the plankton. The larvae often have bizarre shapes. The first stage is called the nauplius larva, though shrimp and crabs skip this stage and have the larva develop already in the egg to the next stage, the zoea. The final stage is called the megalopa, during which the larva settles on the bottom.

Zoea larva of a crab, Oosterschelde, NL
Zoea larvae of a crab, Oosterschelde, NL
Zoea larva of a crab, Oosterschelde, NL
Zoea larva of a crab, Grevelingen, NL
Zoea larva of a crab, Grevelingen, NL
Zoea larva of a crab, Oosterschelde, NL
Zoea larva of a shrimp, Grevelingen, NL
Zoea larva of a shrimp, Grevelingen, NL
Zoea larva of a shrimp, Grevelingen, NL
Zoea larva of a shrimp, Grevelingen, NL
Zoea larva of a shrimp, Grevelingen, NL
Zoea larva of a shrimp, Grevelingen, NL
Zoea larva of a crab, Wadden Sea, NL
Zoea larva of a crab, Wadden Sea, NL
Zoea larva of a pea crab (Pinnotheres), Wadden Sea, NL
Zoea larva of a crab, Rhithropanopeus harrisii, Noordzeekanaal, NL
Zoea larva of a crab, Rhithropanopeus harrisii, Noordzeekanaal, NL
Zoea larva of a crab, Rhithropanopeus harrisii, Noordzeekanaal, NL
Zoea larva of a crab, Rhithropanopeus harrisii, Noordzeekanaal, NL
Crab zoea, Cerbère, Mediterranean
Crab zoea and other plankton, Grevelingen, NL
Crab zoea, Grevelingen, NL
Megalopa larva of a crab, North Sea, NL
Megalopa larva of a crab, North Sea, NL
Megalopa larva of a crab on a Beroe cucumis ctenophore, North Sea, NL
Squat lobster Phyllosoma larva, Cerbère, Mediterranean
Squat lobster Phyllosoma larva, Cerbère, Mediterranean
Squat lobster Phyllosoma larva, Cerbère, Mediterranean
Nephrops norvegicus zoea, central North Sea
Corystes cassivelanus zoea, central North Sea
Unknown zoea larva, North Sea
Shrimp zoea, Cerbère, Mediterranean
Shrimp zoea, Cerbère, Mediterranean
Caridae shrimp zoea, Grevelingen, NL
Caridae shrimp zoea, Grevelingen, NL
Caridae shrimp zoea, Grevelingen, NL
Crangon crangon shrimp zoea, Grevelingen, NL
Crangon crangon shrimp zoea, Grevelingen, NL
Crangon crangon shrimp zoea, Grevelingen, NL
Crangon crangon shrimp zoea, Grevelingen, NL
Crab zoea and barnacle nauplius, Grevelingen, NL
Nauplius larva of a barnacle, Grevelingen, NL
Nauplius larva of a barnacle, Westerschelde, NL
Nauplius larva of a barnacle, Westerschelde, NL
Nauplius larva of a barnacle, Grevelingen, NL
Barnacle nauplius, Cerbère, Mediterranean
Cypris larva of a barnacle, Noordzeekanaal, NL
Cypris larva of a barnacle, Noordzeekanaal, NL
Cypris larva of a barnacle, Wadden Sea, NL
Goose barnacle nauplius, Cerbère, Mediterranean
Goose barnacle nauplius, Cerbère, Mediterranean