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Observations on the Distribution and Seasonality of Portunid Megalopae in Mississippi Coastal Waters

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Short Communication


Observations on the distribution and seasonality of common coastal portunid megalopae are presented. Callinectes sapidus megalopae were abundant from May through November. The megalopae of C. similis, though present throughout the year, peaked in numbers from February through April. With the exception of January, Portunus spp. megalopae occurred in all months, with maximum numbers collected in April. Callinectes sapidus megalopae commonly occurred at all stations, whereas, the megalopae of C. similis and Portunus spp. appeared to be limited by salinity.

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