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The Development of the Chromatophore Response to Light in the Larvae of the Crab, Uca pugilator
David F. Johnson
Vol. 15, No. 3 (Sep., 1974), pp. 165-167
Published by: Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1351037
Page Count: 3
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This study determines when the color rhythm appears in the developmental stages of Uca pugilator. After hatching, samples of larvae were raised through the five zoeal stages and one megalops to metamorphosis. Using the Hogben and Slome method, melanophore readings were recorded at 4 hr intervals from 0800 to 2000, EDT, for 21.5 consecutive days. These readings were recorded from the postero-lateral and postero-ventral margins of the cephalothorax in the zoeae and megalops, respectively. The experiment indicated no diurnal color rhythm upon hatching or throughout the zoeal stages. The primary and secondary chromatophore response developed at megalops.
Chesapeake Science © 1974 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation