Metamorphosis of a Crab

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Crabs are decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura, which generally have a very short projecting tail. After the first stage, the zoëa changes into a stage called the megalops, which has many characteristics of the adult crab condition. In this stage the crab looks very much like a tiny lobster or shrimp. In the final stage the tail disappears and the body widens.


Crab, crustacean




Winchell, Alexander Sketches of Creation (New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1870)


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