Embryological development of the Australian amphipod Melita plumulosa Zeidler, 1989 (Amphipoda, Gammaridea, Melitidae)

Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Crustaceana, 2008, 81 (1), pp. 57 - 66
Issue Date:
2008-01
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Melita plumulosa is an epibenthic estuarine amphipod that has recently been adopted in Australia as a test organism for the evaluation of estuarine-sediment toxicity. In this study, the embryological development of M. plumulosa was observed following the mating of individuals reared in laboratory cultures. Intra-marsupial development until hatching was completed within seven days, and five distinct stages of development were recognized that closely resemble those described previously for gammarid amphipods. There was no distinct relationship between the size of females and the number of embryos.
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