Long spines means smooth swimming for porcelain crab zoea larvae

BMSC / SFU Alumnus Anna Smith and Dr. Greg Jensen, (U of Washington) show that the fantastically long spines on porcelain crab zoea larvea are important for lateral swimming. This adaptation may potentially give these larvae increased swimming ability, helping them to remain in nearshore coastal waters throughout development.

This research was an undergraduate project conducted by Anna in the BMSC Crustacean Biology course, instructed by Dr. Jensen in 2013.

The role of carapace spines in the swimming behavior of porcelain crab zoeae (Crustacea: Decapoda: Porcellanidae)

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