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NAUPLIUS

Definition

A characteristic crustacean larva which exhibits the simplest type of head region. The nauplius hatches with only three pairs of appendages (antennules, antennae, and mandibles). Although the nauplius larva is typical, it does not appear in all crustaceans. It is common in lower forms, but in many of the higher forms it occurs during development in the egg, and the young are hatched as differentiated and more advanced larvae.

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